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Acclaimed violist and Sunn O))) collaborator Eyvind Kang's latest is a meditative long-form composition of hypnotic tanpura drones and rhythmic clunks >> another winner for Superpang, fans of Catherine Christer Hennix, Stephen O'Malley or Oren Ambarchi should check in.
'Tanpura Study II (Iron Age Flip)' is a 20-minute side from Kang, recorded earlier this summer at The Bunker in Los Angeles. With Jason Schimmel on LinnDrum (which makes only a subtle appearance), Kang layers dissonant scrapes of the tanpura over a gentle, plucked rhythm from his viola. The result is a composition that sounds decidedly tuff to place stylistically, sounding like gamelan, experimental drone and Indian classical music at once, but also flipping these fairly expected references on their head.
As the piece develops the sounds all flourish in their own way, hinting at ancient musical forms that were intended to draw our attention to unusual, unsettling tones and rousing, entrancing rhythms. Outstanding and incredibly moving sounds from one of our era's crucial minimalists.