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Sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley takes us to an exceedingly quiet and sublime place on Öst-Väst Sommaren, his full length contribution to the MMXX series of original works that’s already featured releases from Jim O’Rourke, John Duncan, CM Von Hausswolff and more.
Recorded in Ostermalm & Orust and subsequently mixed at EMS, Stockholm last summer, O’Malley sheds his doom robes for an extended session of anxiety-easing drone bliss in a style that we simply haven’t heard him do before.
Arriving with a chorus of cicadas, the work takes shape as a sustained, wavering electric guitar drone of warm, gently radiant hues that flicker like slow candlelight in a spectrum ranging from almost bruised purple subharmonics to softer pink timbres in the higher registers. It barely shifts in appearance, save for the fade out and reemergence of the cicadas (perhaps the same ones attributed to sonic warfare attacks on the Cuban embassy?), but completely holds our attention for the duration with a sallow cadence that only becomes apparent with closer, involved immersion.
It’s an engrossing study that requires very little effort for total immersion, highly recommended for the good of your health.