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Nazoranai - Nazoranai

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Nazoranai by Nazoranai
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9/10 according to on Fri 29 Jun, 2012

Oren Ambarchi and Haino have been playing together a fair bit recently. I guess it was only a matter of time before Stephen O'Malley got in on the action. On this occasion he's playing bass, Oren is on drums and Lord Haino guitar, synths and vocals for another power trio record.

This recording is from a concert in Paris circa November 2011. When things open up Haino's vocals growl almost demonically, underpinned by gentle possibly brushed drums and mysterious tinkles. O'Malley is fairly restrained on the bass, almost feels like he's finding his place within the trio. I like to think that his involvement though will at least get some Sunn O))) fans checking out Haino's stuff - Oh and shitting hell what about Fushitsusha reforming!!! I’m off to Newcastle to see them which I never thought would happen as long as I live.

Anyway, when things get going the trio work really well together - Oren can really smash it out on the drums which compliments Haino's caustic guitar howls and once O'Malley gets going on the bass he does a decent job to be fair. If you've been digging the recent Haino/Ambarchi/O'Rourke outings then there's no reason not to add this one to the collection. It's a nice recording and has lovely artwork to boot.

Oh and gotta love those track titles. I think Haino is the new Shakespeare. I don't follow a great deal of rock music these days but Haino is one I'll always check. To me his charm is that he manages to embody the true spirit of rock 'n' roll while simultaneously shattering it into oblivion. Mix that up with some spiritual eastern magic and you have a true character that wields the six stringed axe like no other (Buzz Osbourne and Matthew Bower are probably exceptions). Ideologic Organ is coming into it's own as a very interesting label that has a nice contrast with Editions Mego. That Akos Rozmann LP was an absolute blinder. Recommended!

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Press release

Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals & synth), Stephen O’Malley (bass guitar) & Oren Ambarchi (battery).

Recorded by Chris Fullard at Gâité Lyrique, Paris 8th November 2011.
Edited by Oren Ambarchi in Sydney January 2012. Mixed by Joe Talia & Oren Ambarchi at Chinatown, Melbourne 8th February 2012.
Mastered by Joe Talia at Chinatown, Melbourne 17th April 2012. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin April 2012.

Artwork: Lars Teichmann “Bathing Girls” & “Nymphos” (detail, 2010, photos by Annette Apel), “Fever” (2010, photo by Martino Gerosa).

Oren Ambarchi has been an active colleague, we have collaborated on a number of SUNN O))) projects, and also SUNN O))) related projects, film scores, tours, meals etcetera over the years. He brought us to Australia for the first time in 2004 (see SOMA010 notes), we toured Israel with Attila Csihar as GRAVETEMPLE TRIO in 2006. Oren introduced us to Haino-san in 2006 when SUNN O))) played FIMAV festival in Victoriaville Quebec (Oren was in the ensemble on that tour), in a stinky locker room (the venue was a hockey rig). Had no idea what to expect but a few hours later he was on stage with us. It was one of those "what now" moments you never imagine happening having been a fan/follower of Haino's playing, concerts and recordings over the years.
5 years later somehow we ended up as this trio. Haino, Oren and I were all in Holland for one reason or another and decided to try it. I played bass for the first time on stage with this group. Maybe it shows but the idea was a power trio backing up Haino-san, with a lot of amplification. We had the chance to repeat the trio twice again so far, and this recording comes from a concert in Paris November 2011. It's hard to describe the lessons through realtime communication in music with such a master of form, but needless to say they were much different than what I was expecting and beyond! Proof again that expectations lead to dead ends. Was a most challenging experience in real-time music. I feel incredibly honored to be part of this trio. —Stephen O'Malley

 

 

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