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The fourth release from the established trio of Haino (guitar, flute), O'Rourke (bass) and Ambarchi (drums), with a wide range of remarkable tracks that explore different sides of free rock.

Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery [VINYL]

Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Myster (Black Truffle)
Label: Black Truffle    
Released in: Australia    

"Following on from 2012's acclaimed Imikizushi (BT 007CD/LP), Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery is the fourth release from the established power trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in January 2012 at their yearly concert at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo. While the trio's two previous double LP releases featured sprawling, side-long performances, the music here is presented in six shorter pieces, each one displaying a different side of the trio's interactions, from holy minimalism to cave-man rock.

The record begins with the trio joined by special guests Charlemagne Palestine and Eiko Ishibashi, conjuring ghostly tones from wine glasses as an accompaniment to Haino's angelic vocals. This 10-minute piece, which moves from near silence and the sound of onstage footsteps to a stunning passage of clean guitar work from Haino, is steeped in the same mysterious atmospherics as Haino's great folk-drone project, Nijumu.

When Haino turns to the flute on the LP's second track, a performance that clearly demonstrates the importance of the special concept of space and silence (ma) that Haino has developed from traditional Japanese aesthetics, O'Rourke and Ambarchi transform into the delicate and probing rhythm section of a classic '70s fusion side. When the trio returns to the crushing free-rock of their last two records, O'Rourke's heavily effected bass rolling alongside Ambarchi's tumbling rhythms as Haino's guitar squeals and slashes above them, their performances display a new purposefulness and concision.

Now truly operating as a band after a number of years of playing together, the pieces here feel like instant rocks songs -- O'Rourke and Ambarchi instantly locking into solid riffs over which Haino alternates between jarring no-wave chords, intense soloing and his signature vocalizations. When the trio slow down and stretch out, the rhythm section plods like an abstracted Crazy Horse on the brink of collapse, and Haino elicits long, mournful solos reminiscent of the first classic Fushitsusha double live LP.

Perhaps more accessible than the trio's previous recordings because of its range and concision, Now While It's Still Warm... exudes the dark, alien quality of Haino's greatest recordings and testifies to the strength of the musical bond that has developed between these three players."-Francis Plagne, Jan 2013.

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Product Information:

UPC: 880319612213

Label: Black Truffle
Catalog ID: BT 009LP
Squidco Product Code: 17475

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Australia
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded live on January 30th, 2012 at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo by Masahide Ando.


Keiji Haino-guitar, flute, vocals

Jim O'rourke-bass

Oren Ambrachi-drums

Charlemagne Palestine

Eiko Ishibashi

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Track Listing:


1. Once Again I Hear The Beautiful Vertigo Luring Us To "Do Something, Somehow" 9:52

2. Who Would Have Thought This Callous History Would Become My Skin 5:33

3. Only The Winding "Why" Expresses Anything Clearly 6:38


4. A New Radiance Springing Forth From Inside The Light 9:12

5. Even That Still Here And Unwanted Can You And I Love It Just Like Us It Was Born Here Too 10:42

6. Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour In All The Mystery 3:30