These three veritable titans of expermental music played together for the first time in 2013 in one of the most talked about performances to ever grace the TUSK festival stage. Any billing featuring a combination of solo visionary and Keiji Haino and Sunn O))) collaborator Ambarchi on both guitar and drums, Astral Social Club and Vibracathedral guru Neil Campbell on electronics and Mike Flowers of the incendiary Flowers-Corsano Duo on guitar would set expectations for something truly stratospheric- this LP is proof that they achieved just that.
LP £11.99 TUF002
Boss LP on TUSK.
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It's the clash of the improv-rock titans! Antipodean outsider guitar god Oren Ambarchi joined forces with Vibracathedralites Michael "Michael Flower" Flower and Neil "Astral Social Club" Campbell at last year's TUSK Festival and the resulting jams were snatched out of the air and imprisoned on this vinyl disc.
There's no track titles...in fact the music only stops for you to turn the record over. The formula is fairly simple as you'd expect, although split into two clearly-defined halves. The first is a beatless affair with the two guitarists twiddling and churning in heavily processed buzz-drones and wobbling wet reverbed vibrato shudders over Campbell's fizzing, seething bed of psychedelic electronics. At one point on the first side Flower (I think) is dropping in some almost boogie-ish repetitive guitar shapes while the other two drone away against one another in gleeful sputter'n'glide concord.
On side B Ambarchi moves onto drums for a far more rock-ish jam, with him and Flower settling into an elastic, time-stretching riff while Campbell gets a chance to go "full Hawkwind" with his electronics. Cerebral stoner vibes. Despite being improvised and many of the tones being quite harsh and distorted, this is actually a spirited, likeable and very accessible exploration, free of meandering dead ends or alienating skronk-outs. Side A is particularly satisfying - just two guitars and a synth reaching ever-upwards towards the cosmos in screeching harmony.
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