Boomkat Product Review:
Two of the Touch label's biggest draws jump ship for John Zorn's Tzadik label, collaborating their way through three pieces themed around the Hebrew Alef-bet.
Followers of Ambarchi will no doubt be surprised to hear the multi-instrumental density of these recordings, particularly given how sparsely laid out his recent guitar compositions have been. The second composition 'Bet' boasts a 50-track mix, featuring bells, vibraphone and viola all integrated with Ambarchi's guitar tracks.
The resultant sound is at first a little overwhelming, but you'll find yourself making out shapes rising from the thick industrial smog. First piece 'Alef' is easier to swallow, sporting a tonal focal point that seems to tie together all the overtones and scrapyard aesthetics. If you suspect that much of this record is more recognisable as a Z'ev enterprise, the final track 'Gimel' will point you toward Ambarchi's steady hand, summoning a rumbling deep bass presence.
Gorgeous stuff - Highly Recommended.