Live at Cafe Oto by Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt

More explosive sonic encounters recorded at London’s home of experimental music, Cafe Oto. Guitarists Bill Orcutt (formerly of Harry Pussy) met phenomenal cellist Okkyung Lee last year for a first-time improvised collaboration documented in full here. Both musicians approach their instruments with fierce originality, and the new territories they find grind together wonderfully here. 500 copies on Oto’s own Otoroku label.

Vinyl LP £14.99 ROKU017

180g vinyl LP on Otoroku. Edition of 500 copies.

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Live at Cafe Oto by Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt
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8/10 Jamie 10 May 2016

Recorded live at London’s revered stage and bastion of experimentalism, Cafe Oto, this record is the documented result of the meeting of two of the most singular voices in out-there sound-crafting -- Okkyung the exponent of classical cello and Bill the abstracted bluesman. The two combine to eke out such dramatic tension; Bill picking and scratching at the guitar’s strings while Okkyung tortuously, exquisitely teases his bowed instrument to breaking point. As they duel one another on ‘6:55’, I realise by the fifth minute I’ve been holding my breath the whole time. Or most of it.

The two constantly threaten to crash into oblivion but never quite get there. A challenging but rewarding listen, and a mightily impressive one.


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