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Guitarist Oren Ambarchi and percussionist Eli Keszler meet for two side-long pieces releaesed on 300 gram vinyl, mixing improv, noise, rock, and drone, journeys in assertive sound that keep the listener on the edge of their seat.
 

Ambarchi, Oren & Eli Keszler
Alps [VINYL]

Ambarchi, Oren & Eli Keszler: Alps [VINYL] (Dancing Wayang)

Label: Dancing Wayang    
Released in: Great Britain    


"ALPS by Oren Ambarchi & Eli Keszler is a seemingly inevitable collaboration of two musicians kicking against limits and genre definitions, recorded and presented with a similar disregard for anything but quality.

Two side-long pieces that mix improv, noise, rock, and drone, ALPS is never an easy listen but always a compelling one. Both musicians are compulsive collaborators, with individual oeuvres that span all those genres and others yet to be labeled, and this album reflects and distills their hard-working heritage. They have a similar approach to questioning the fundamentals and exploring the sonic properties of their chosen instruments in a way that is informed by musical theory and learning but manifests itself in a defiantly non-academic, visceral and physical sound, both in intent and experience. Listening to ALPS is a discomforting, uneasy and massively rewarding exercise, which denies the listener any steady ground on which to stand.

This is evident from the moment that "Alps I" kicks off with piercing bowed cymbals. Percussive elements emerge from deep in the mix, drums without rhythm nor metre. Background and foreground shift tectonically and queasily. A chopping helicopter pulse hovers omnipresently over the battlefield of attacking drums and splintery bass beneath. It is a liquescent, rolling, never still 20 minutes of multiple musical narratives.

From the outset Side B upholds the intensity. The conflagration of "Alps II" comes off like a tribute to classic Japanese psych; guitar proudly and consistently in the red, tsunamis of drum rolls. It has a defiant crudeness and rawness to its attack, which belies the intelligence needed to create such a rough-edged sound, the deftness needed to keep the truck-driving momentum on the road."-Dancing Wayang



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Product Information:

300 gram vinyl

Label: Dancing Wayang
Catalog ID: DWR009
Squidco Product Code: 19562

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a cardboard foldover with insert.
Recorded at Eastcote Studios, in London, England on June 26th, 2013 by Philip Bagenal and Anna Tjan.

Personnel:

Oren Ambarchi-guitar, bowed cymbals

Eli Keszler-drums, percussion, bowed cymbals, crotales, spring harp

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Track Listing:

SIDE A



1. Alps I

SIDE B



1. Alps II