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Perennial collaborator Oren Ambarchi is at it again, this time teaming with Stefano Pilia and the thundering bass-power of Massimo Pupillo of Zu. Aithen is a document of a 2015 live set, which works it’s way up from simmering beginnings to crushing eruptions of tonal wonder. Edition of 300 copies on 180g vinyl, from Karlrecords.

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8/10 Jamie 18 April 2016

'Aithein' finds the ever-prolific Oren Ambarchi on droney guitar and drum duties in collaboration with friends Stefano Pilia (guitar) and Massimo Pipilllo (Zu, bass) on a two track release that bridges post rock, improvisation and er, drone. Both of these long-form tracks were recorded live! At the Freakout Club! Which, if I were to hazard a guess, I would have said was in Berlin. But I would be wrong; it turns out it's in Bologna. You live and learn.

So on side A you have the slow-burning "Burn" (ha -- see what I did there?) which really takes its time to unstretch, begging the question; exactly how long can you keep one chord going? A very long time, is the answer. Amplified strings played with bows can have a hypnotic effect. It's actually quite relaxing. "Shine" is to be found on the flip of the record. It opens to disconcerting squeals which are pulled apart and weaved back together again, accompanied by Massimo's rumbling bass and Oren's eye-of-the-storm drums, over the course of its 20 minutes.

It's a sonic whirl; the Italians would have had their minds blown that night.


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