Boomkat Product Review:
As St. Francis Duo, venerable percussionist Steve Noble (Rip Rig & Panic, Æthenor) regroups with Stephen O’Malley (Sunn 0))), Æthenor) for an immersive 2nd LP fusion of disparate free jazz, outernational and doom metal traditions that get on like a house on fire.
Whilst others still plough stylistically dead fields, these two are forging something vital and coolly life-affirming in Peacemaker Assembly, with Noble’s dextrous, diffused percussions picking out a pointillist cosmos of unquantifiable rhythm and meter across the infinitely tarry black swirl of O’Malley’s subharmonic bass retch and drone.
Thinking about it, the formula sounds rather simple on the screen, yet we can hardly name any other duo who have nailed that paradox of loosely sprawling yet attuned playing quite like the results on show here, and especially with such tactility of tone and depth of space from a stripped down set-up.
Yeah yeah, this is a bewt.