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Quiet Countries

Quiet Countries was established in 2003 by Leb Borgerson after the break up of post-rock, improv band, Laserhawk. Originally named Imminent Music Company, Leb used looping pedals to play melancholy songs centered on his emotive vocals and weaving baritone guitar lines. At a Halloween show that year played with Portland, OR band,The Prids, Leb introduced a drum machine into the set up and Quiet Countries was born.

In 2003 Quiet Countries released a limited edition EP on Lucky Madison Records (Talkdemonic, Horse Feathers, Alan Singley and Pants Machine), consisting of early versions of songs from his live set, sound experiments, and fleshed-out improvisations.

In February 2006 Quiet Countries debut full-length, "No One Makes a Sound" came out on Lucky Madison Records. Recorded over two years and containing most of the music in the live set since late 2002, the album continued the mood and atmosphere of the EP but was a more fully realized version of the Quiet Countries sound. Although Leb plays most of the instruments on the album, two tracks are products of collaboration: "A Wicked Word" features Lisa Molinaro (violin and viola) and Kevin O'Connor (drums) from Talkdemonic, and Victor Paul Nash (vibes) from Point Juncture WA. "If My Hands Shake" features Lauren Finbraaten, Alan Singley, Liam Kenna (The Snuggle Ups), Emilie Strange (Junior Private Detective) and Victor Paul Nash (Point Juncture WA) singing back up vocals.

Quiet Countries sophomore full-length, 'The Karate Williams Diaries,' was released on Central Service Records in 2009. Recorded when Leb suffered a hand injury that prevented him from playing guitar, it is vehicle for electronic compositions jogging the line between IDM and instrumental hip hop. Predominantly instrumental and varying from bombastic numbers to quiet, contemplative musings, it is a more tightly wound and playful record than Quiet Countries' debut, but the melodic style, strange timbres and broken, shuffling beats remain. Of the three vocal tracks,on the 'Diaries', 'Ridiculous Riddles' features talented, young Portland MC, AED.
Leb and AED would go on to collaborate on a song named "Moving Day" which was released on the 2009 PDX Pop Now! compilation.

"The Ancient Motorcade", the third full length from Quiet Countries was released in 2011. It was a further refinement of the themes and textures that Quiet Countries had used over the previous two records and built upon their signature intoxicating melodies, shambling beats, and impassioned singing. A masterful blend of acoustic and electronic instruments, and rock and electronic production styles, The Ancient Motorcade explored themes of work and class, dependency and love all set to an expansive and dynamic soundtrack.

The fourth Quiet Countries record "All These Dead Balloons" will be released on I.M.C. on Halloween of 2013 as a nod to the first proper Quiet Countries show a decade ago. It is a record steeped in icy atmospherics, haunting melodies, and shambling beats, evoking the twisted desolation of depleted landscapes. Layered and elegant melodies wind around each other above stuttering bass lines, mournful choirs, and twitchy beats.
From the opening salvo of regret that is "The Longest Year on Record", a blend of mournful piano, manipulated synth ghosts, and insistent beats, to the closing piece, "Good Inc. (In Case You Think You're Disappearing)" a psychedelic wash of manipulated guitars over house influenced bass and drums, the record manages to cover a wide range of emotion while focusing primarily on the moodier end of the sonic spectrum.
"Pacing the Halls" features Quiet Countries smooth and passionate vocals over a sad Rhodes figure, glitchy drums, and chirping synths, with a chorus that haunts your ears long after the song is over. "The Rendering"s lazy drums pound away under codeine intoxicated monks, Gilmour-esque guitars, and melodic bass. The stuttering bass lines and giant drums of "Chatterbox" provide ample dance floor fodder underneath frozen synth pads and melancholy strings.

Throughout 2009, Leb participated in the 'Beat Off Beat Battle' series at Portland nightclub, Holocene, winning three of the battles including the final championship.

Leb has also done remixes for such bands as Reporter, MC Frontalot, and Blue Cranes, played guitar in Portland indie rock group, Alan Singley and Pants Machine, played bass for Seattle songwriter, Darren Smith, plays MPC in The Headphone Party, and composes music for various film and advertising companies (Fuel TV, Good Inc, Arkham NW, Luther Media, and more) under the name Imminent Music Company.