Boomkat Product Review
Talk about outta leftfield – this new bumper plate from Aussie experimental kingpin Oren Ambarchi arrives only seconds after the killer Touch full-length ‘Audience of One’, yet tonally it could hardly be more different. Devoid of the pastoral, tonal explorations he is probably best known for, ‘Sagittarian Domain’ finds Ambarchi scratching his Krautrock itch, and while those of you who have explored his collaborations with Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke and Steven O’Malley might already have an idea how that might go, it still won’t really prepare you. Made up of a single piece, ‘Sagittarian Domain’ is a sweaty, Faust-ian back room jam with a motoric drum rhythm at the very centre of the composition. Familiar analogue bass hits and distorted guitar drones gradually creep in, but for the most part this feels like Ambarchi’s musing on the nature of the Krautrock rhythm itself. Dirty, loud and at times punishingly aggressive he truly nails the sound, and considering so many have attempted it with mixed results it feels satisfying to hear a veteran at the dials, churning out the kind of heavy sh*t we always secretly wanted. An unexpected, guilty pleasure.