Another collaboration for Black Truffle between intrepid sound manipulators Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger and James Rushford. Like its predecessor, Face Time comes on splendid coloured vinyl (neon orange this time) and boasts cover design from Stephen O)))’Malley. The trio produce seductively serene sonic fields, with murmuring textures, quiet harmonics and crumbled, wiry dub rhythms.
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I’m at a crossroad in my life, here: I’m so excited both at the prospect of a follow-up to the immense ‘Pale Calling’ LP and of an upcoming world cup that I keep billing this as the latest collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger and Marcus Rashford. He’s a really good footballer, and might score a few more releasing a free improv record for Black Truffle than he would under the tactical gaze of Jose Mourinho, but that’s actually the job of James Rushford. Apologies, all.
‘Pale Calling’ was such a good bit of debris drone that I forgot to tell anyone about it. Both sublime and slapstick, it saw the trio billed here calling on bitty, low-key improvisation a la the Necks with less instruments, occasionally puncturing their serviceable ambient tyres with loud, schmaltzy synth tones. Think of an evening at Cafe Oto and then mash it up with a postcard of a traditional day at the seaside and you’ll have the hush and bustle of that record. On the hilariously titled ‘Face Time’, the trio do an indirect sequel, artwork blushing the same way, and make more tinny, homely, quietly humorous noise.
These three bring out the best in each other; as a band less (though not entirely) about instruments and melodies, their sounds are scrapes, whirs and shuffles, all offset by the chimes and hums that make up secret music. Their environments sound mundane and mumbled, like parking lots left in the sun, but always strike me as beautiful, focusing in until each detail is its own bit of high-res splendour. As ever, they make brilliant minutiae. This is one success story Harry Kane isn't going to be able to impose himself on this summer.
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