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I snuck in at the weekend to tie up some bits of work-related detritus that we had fallen behind with and was perusing the new stack of promos when I noticed a new thing from experimentalist Oren Ambarchi. I must admit to being slightly nonplussed about the majority of his previous work but pumping this baby up loud in the absence of my twittering colleagues hilarious one-liners and bafflingly ban ...

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Intermission 2000-2008 by Oren Ambarchi
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9/10 Brian Staff review, 11 December 2009
I snuck in at the weekend to tie up some bits of work-related detritus that we had fallen behind with and was perusing the new stack of promos when I noticed a new thing from experimentalist Oren Ambarchi. I must admit to being slightly nonplussed about the majority of his previous work but pumping this baby up loud in the absence of my twittering colleagues hilarious one-liners and bafflingly banal monologues, I discovered some thoroughly engaging music derived from limited press collaborations, early radio sessions & the like. 'Intermission 2000-2008 opens with this mesmerising, hovering sound reminiscent of Tibetan singing bowls which draws you into a seriously meditative state. This 12 min+ gentle drone epic apparently includes prepared piano and guitar but you'd be hard pressed to pinpoint those instruments throughout this gorgeous minimal & hypnotic epic. 'Iron Waves' continues the peaceful, cerebral vibe the blissful thrum of cymbals being a precursor to some intoxicating, entwining waves of drone and a vocal that recalls Simeon from Silver Apples or maybe an ethereal Jim O' Rourke. 'Moving Violation' is a piece built on fluctuating pulses over a slightly foreboding soundscape, some lovely frequencies that almost sound conversational. A low, discreet wave of fuzz joins the slowly evolving melee to create a really engaging piece. Penultimately you get a sweetly evocative track apparently constructed from treated guitar textures. I love the muted firework crackles throughout and the emotive drift that pins this piece of ambient beauty together. Concluding with a much more abrasive 20+ minute "epic" that sounds jaw droppingly exciting (and probably more innovative than anything Fuck Buttons could muster), this is a CD i'm really looking forward to taking home and treasuring. Who'd have thought an odds 'n' sods album could be so riveting? Brilliant throughout. CD only on Touch

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