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Venerable, iconic electric guitarists Connors and Ambarchi commune for the first time on record in a mesmerising confluence of abstract and psychedelic blues variants that feel like “each is drawing the others’ portrait on opposite sides of a translucent sheet”...
After working with a shared pool of peers and collaborators for decades (Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino among them), ‘Leone’ sees Loren Connors bring over Oren Ambarchi in a masterfully conversational back & forth. The trio of pieces pay testament to the players’ stylistic singularity and technical dexterity as much as the openness of their visions, demonstrating a willingness to be drawn outside of themselves and push forms outside their lines, and creating ghostly and ravishingly beautiful apparitions in the process.
Connors takes the lead with ‘Leone’, spelling out 23 minutes of spectral graffiti with a not-so-typical sense of aggression, using distortion in a way that seems to make the big air of his sound rust and crinkle while pealing, silvery notes and doomed, clawed riffs crackle thru the murk, joined by ripples of strangely organ-like voices that suggest a reimagining of Connors’ beloved vocal arias.
In duo on ‘Ronnel’ Connors follows into a more sublime space, stroking out shimmering melodic licks against Ambarchi’s shifting backdrop of viscous low end and texturised strings, but they soon knot and congeal to resolve in more chaotic, and then forlorn, shape, leaving Ambarchi in the nakedly plangent ’Solo’, picking out smoke-trails of electric guitar surely complementary of his collaborator, but also prone to go further into the cobwebbed crannies of that sound with the kind of probing, improvisational skill that makes him one of only a handful of artists we can think of who could step to Connors holding his own.