Boomkat Product Review:
A crucial force at the core of experimental music, Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke present 'Behold', their follow-up to 'Indeed' (2011) for Editions Mego.
Recorded at the same Steamroom, Tokyo spot as their amazing live trio sets with Keiji Haino, this one finds them exploring the intersections of 4th world electronics, krautrock and classic minimalism in two extended and captivating widescreen tracts. With Ambarchi at guitar, drums (etc.) and O'Rourke on synth, piano (etc.), they oscillate earthly and kosmiche dimensions with free-flowing electronics, using field recordings to lend a sense of tangible gravity while their synths and guitars fathom the abyss of outer (head)space.
Ambarchi's tinfoil drum patter serves a metric anchor reminding of the unfolding repetitions of his Antipodean peers, The Necks, fleshed out with O'Rourke's deliquescent pads and harmonics in the motorik 'Behold One', whereas 'Behold Two' starts out quietly crepuscular, inquisitive, before blooming into a sublime night-flight with psilocybic kosmiche logic. Recommended!