Our album of the week (28th August 2009)
‘The Visitor’ is the 1st new Jim O’Rourke record in eight years! All-instrumental, ‘The Visitor’ is a
sequel to ‘Bad Timing’, the record that started Jim on the path to pop stardom way back in 1997.
‘The Visitor’ is a seriously all-Jim O’Rourke affair - all
the sounds you hear are Jim and Jim alone. This time
you can’t blame any of those session dudes and their
bloodless line readings - the chill you’re getting is a onehundred
percent O’Rourke effect. As a matter of fact, it
might be more like two hundred percent — some of ‘The
Visitor’ is tracked so deep, it took two hundred tracks to
hold it all. It doesn’t sound like it though - to Jim’s
credit, the mix sounds very minimal, very straightforward
- not like several hundred tracks at all.
All the classic O’Rourke-isms are here: percolating
banjos, smooth electric leads, organic, kicking
drum sounds, the flickering of shakers to the left
and right, mellow but ominous woodwinds,
sounds that indicate ‘vintage’, sonic jokes and
sonic tear-jerkers, all wrapped in spacious yet subtle
left to right placement of everything in the picture.
This is one one-track album everyone’s gonna have to
buy. However, ‘The Visitor’ doesn’t overstay its welcome.
Get ready for redefinition - Jim O’Rourke is back.
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