Boomkat Product Review:
With raw physicality and tone, veteran Swiss experimenters Luigi Archetti & Bo Wiget churn up compelling ground between modern classical, free improv, ambient and minimalism in their joint vinyl debut and first excursion for over a decade - Highly recommended if yr into Oren Ambarchi, Dylan Carlson, Tony Conrad.
Effortlessly taut but supple, often harsh but also lushly dissonant, ‘Weltformat’ pushes the duo’s practice found on their early trio of ‘Low Tide Digitals’ (2001-2009) albums to more ambitious levels for uncompromising Italian label, Die Schachtel. Clad in the explosive greyscale graphic score from which it was born, the piece wends thru a baker’s dozen parts riddled with surprising, quizzical turns and fascinatingly fluid transitions between moods, harmonic colours and quiet/loud dynamics that showcase the pair as uncannily deft masters of their craft.
Luigi Archetti brings decades of experience playing guitar with krautrock legends Guru Guru and their head Mani Neumeier, while Bo Wiget supplies signature cello and electronics, as heard in his work with Tetuzi Akiyama and Taku Sugimoto, to their refined yet intricate sound of ‘Weltformat’. Based on the score, which resembles a dual core of exploding stars, they flesh out a sound best described by the tracks’ transitory titles. For example, such as ‘London - Stavanger’, which lifts off from stately, spacious chords and buoyant bass strokes, but ends up, by turns, as a benign knot of garrotting discord. And at the opposite end of the LP ‘Villa Carcina - Wattwil’ makes the subtler passage from pooled post rock bass strums to aching cello coda via vaporous blips with the trippiest, fading in-and-out-of consciousness logic that’s testament to their tip-of-finger control and shared vision.
In the best sense of instrumental music, ‘Weltformat’ feels decisively intuitive and conversational, but in that special way which transcends words and harks back to atavistic systems of attuned, pre-verbal, empathic communication, when time moved slower and the divide between dreamtime and real worlds could be shortened or closed with sound and music.