Boomkat Product Review:
Breathtaking, head swelling solo piano performances by Charlemagne Palestine, reissued on Oren Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label in the wake of that invaluable Ammmusic LP.
Godbear was conceived in the ‘70s during the 2nd stage of Palestine’s search for the ‘golden sound’, and subsequently recorded on the Bösendorfer grand joanna at Washington Square Church, New York City, in January 1987. It was originally intended for issue on Glenn Branca’s Neutral Records but ended up on a CD released by Barooni in ’98, before making its way onto wax nearly 20 years later.
It’s a rapturous exposition of the grand piano’s capacity for creating incredibly rich overtones, beautifully utilising the Bösendorfer’s extended range to billow clouds of complex and rhythmically dense harmonies across the pulsating, urgent 20 minutes of The Lower Depths, and carving to much more spacious arrangements with a succinct 11-minute version of the mind-kissing Strumming Music and the heart-racing flurries and cascading discord of Timbral Assault.
This isn’t the first time, nor hopefully the last, that we’ve been utterly gobsmacked by a Charlemagne Palestine record. Recommended for life.