Oren Ambarchi: Quixotism (Editions Mego, 2014)

October 16, 2014 at 8:32 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Oren Ambarchi: Quixotism

Oren Ambarchi: Quixotism

On Oren Ambarchi’s latest release, he teams up with an all-star cast to realize an excellent work of steady, pulsating minimalism. Thomas Brinkmann provides a steady electronic rhythm which courses throughout the album’s entire 47-minute runtime, which constantly simmers and gradually adds flourishes and variations, and sometimes seems to play with the other instruments, which add accents in time to the rhythm. The second, third and fourth parts seem to be most influenced by minimal techno and clicks’n’cuts, with the third part having a bit more rhythmic variation and additional percussion. On the 18-minute first part, the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra provides a dissonant sound bed, while piano notes from John Tilbury and delicate, panned guitar notes from Ambarchi resonate in the foreground. Eyvind Kang provides bowed instruments in the first and last parts, and Jim O’Rourke adds rippling synths to the last two. The last part unexpectedly features delicate tabla playing accompanying the solemn viola and chiming synths. It builds up to a wondrous, quietly intense part around 10 minutes, then strips back down to a pulse for the remaining minutes.


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