Oren Ambarchi, who dropped the patchy albeit intriguing Audience of One earlier this year, returns with another solo effort on August 28th. Released via Editions Mego, Sagittarian Domain (artwork to the left) is comprised of one 33-minute composition that continues to push his work away from the electric guitar susurrations his name has become synonymous with.
Appearing alongside Ambarchi — who sings as well as manning guitars, a Moog bass, drums, and other percussion — are Elizabeth Welsh on violin, James Rushford on viola, and Judith Hamann on cello.
Big chunk of press-release text: “Endlessly pulsating guitar and bass lines sit alongside electronic percussion and thundering motorik drumming (familiar from his work with Keiji Haino) at the core of the piece, locking into a voodoo groove like Faust covering a 70’s cop show theme. The work is founded on hypnotic almost-repetition, the accents of the drum hits and interlocking bass and guitar lines shifting almost imperceptibly back and forwards over the beat as they undergo gradual transformations of timbre. Cut-up and phase-shifted strings enter around the half-way mark like an abstracted memory of the eastern-tinged fusion of the Mahavishnu Orchestra’s classic Visions of the Emerald Beyond, before returning for an extended, stark yet affecting come-down coda, equal parts Gavin Bryars and Purple Rain.”