Boomkat Product Review:
Giovanni Di Domenico meets Eiko Ishibashi and Jim O’Rourke, plus percussionist Joe Talia and multi-instrumentalist Tatsuhisa Yamamoto in rarified experimental airspace.
Recorded across continents between Berlin, Brussels and Tokyo, ‘Treatments’ leads on from Di Domenico’s 2015 link-ups with O’Rourke and Yamamoto with a notably more layered and expansive sound that makes room for field recordings in the mix. Surrounding Di Domenico’s keys, the ensemble take all the time in the world to carefully flesh out the frequency spectrum between the four durational sides, adding up to some 95 minutes of ponderous emotions and ephemeral bliss that truly takes the mind for a good old wander.
‘The Walk’ sets the parameters of their sound between Di Domenico’s omnidirectional piano improvisations and Eiko’s sympathetic flute, electronics, synth and field recordings of bagpipes with a dreamy sort of dérive, before O’Rourke chimes in on ‘Peach Rino’ with a sublime weft of playful electronic fizz and lilting keys that lead to unepxectedplaces. On ‘Manyfold’ Joe Talia keeps the multi-tempo freedom off the ground with hazes of hi-hats and windswept dynamics, leaving Tatsuhisa Yamamoto to elide his synth, electronics and sound processing with Di Domenico’s trembling, ghostly piano apparitions.