Boomkat Product Review:
Hushed, rustic folk-rock-jazz jams from an ever-mutable Oren Ambarchi and his longtime Swedish spars from Fire! Orchestra.
Under the evocative title ’Ghosted’ Ambarchi, Berthing and Werliin explore fractal-not-fractional rhythms in exceedingly subtle ways, fascinated by how grooves can knit and subdivide within the beat. In lissom, patiently focussed style they drill down to a warm essence of what connects Steve Reich’s hypnotic minimalism to Talk Talk’s worldly sublime and retro-futurist horizons scanned by Krautrock’s longhairs, drawing on finely honed muscle memory and decades of playing together for a quietly spellbinding suite that works in its own, timeless conception of temporality and groove.
Led by jazz-taught instincts, they effortlessly pare back to the common Afro-rhythmic inspirations and earthy tone of folk-rock, minimalist classical, and motorik Kraut jazz in clear, lissom steps that elevate and expand to ever more residual, ephemeral structures, and ultimately end up in shimmering nocturnal zones peripheral to Bohren Und Der Club of Gore’s brooding, heartrate-slowing jazzscapes.
Marking nearly 20 years of jams between Ambarchi and Berthing, there’s a clear fraternal intuition to proceedings that seamlessly absorbs Werliin’s reserved but insistent percussion, with the swedes casting a quietly swingeing groove meshed to Ambarchi’s puckered lead guitar on ‘I’, and providing a shifting bed for his twinkling top-line and expressive use of FX in ‘II’, before they really stretch out to a gauzy middle-distance on the 15 minute beauty ‘III’, and send it off in the lowlit smoke curl of it party ‘IV’. They’re not breaking new ground, but the nuance and poise of these recordings is ripe for luxuriating in the detail, and a fine lesson in less-is-more for many heads.