Boomkat Product Review:
Oren Ambarchi's motorik-driven 2012 slab given the 10 year reissue treatment. Severely zonked material that's a few paces from Ambarchi's usual drone-heavy fare, sounding like Faust, Can or Neu! jamming with Mahavishnu Orchestra. Highly Recommended!
Recorded in just a single day in the studio with a three piece string section (Judith Hamann on cello, James Rushford on viola and Elizabeth Welsh on violin) 'Sagittarian Domain' is one of Ambarchi's most unexpected, and disarming full-lengths. The central component on show is energy - Ambarchi palpably relishes his time in the studio, paying tribute to a few of his '70s krautrock heroes, while materializing his influences into the present. Ten years after its original release, it still sounds like little else in his catalog.
In place of the bass guitar you'd expect to hear on a Faust or Can album, Ambarchi smartly uses Moog bass, nodding to acid house structures with a clipped squelch that shifts through the piece. Eventually it builds into more electrified guitar elements, before the track reaches its important third act, adding a psychedelic string section that ultimately cuts into Gavin Bryars-esque glacial melancholia.