Boomkat Product Review:
Even by his own inordinately prolific standards, Oren Ambarchi has had a busy year, with not one but two solo album releases on Touch and Mego, as well as myriad live and group appearances. Raga Ooty finds him back on London's redoubtable Bo'Weavil imprint, to which he's previously contributed the live sides Dream Request (with Robbie Avenaim) and Lost Like A Star; it features the titular piece in two parts, recorded in Melbourne on December 11, 2009, and at Terrains Festival in Basel on November 12, 2011, and 'The Nilgiri Plateau', recorded in Sydney on March 28, 2006. 'Raga Ooty' is sublimely meditative, but only just: over a bed of undulating tambura drones, Ambarchi's electric guitar spews forth some really jagged, toxic phrasing - imagine Russell Haswell if he'd steeped himself in the Indian Classical tradition. It is, almost needless to say, magnificent. 'The Nigirl Plateau' is a more conventional, cyclical raga, wrestled out of Ambarchi's acoustic 12-string and restrained electronics. 'Raga Ooty (Slight Return)' returns to the theme of 'Raga Ooty', but here the electric shredding betrays a more obvious metal influence, replete with the kind of wheeling arpeggios that Dave Mustaine would be proud of.
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