Boomkat Product Review:
Oren Ambarchi caps a vintage and truly prolific year of releases with the pulsing, searching, 5-part narrative of 'Quixotism'. Underpinned by the pulsing truth of Thomas Brinkmann's computable drums, the session unfolds with a preternaturally hypnotic logic, consolidating a wealth of contributions from the likes of regular collaborators Jim O'Rourke (synth), Crys Cole (contact mics, brushes), Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas) and John Tilbury (piano) with new input from U-zhaan (tabla) and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, plus co-production and engineering by Randall Dunn at Avast, Seattle. We really should have learnt by now to expect the unexpected from Ambarchi - this year alone he's released candid field recordings, a bar brawl catalyst, and a 13-minute remix of FIS ffs - but still we never would have predicted him writing what is essentially a new pinnacle of techno meets avant-garde/new composition. In testament to his compositional openness and genius, he creates wide-open fields of sound with a clear democracy of space keeping each element in equilibrium around the base motorik revs in an elegant play of forward momentum and chamber-like stasis. It's just completely side-swiped our week and comes highly recommended.