The Saint Francis Duo of Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and Steve Noble (Rip, Rig and Panic, Brotzmann, Parker, Edwards ...) present a tour-de-force of darkly improvised drone and doom in a studio album of violently dark guitar work and ferocious drumming.
Saint Francis Duo
Los Bordes De Las Respuestas [VINYL]
Label: Dropa Disc
Released in: Belgium
"Combining the searching, raucous spirit of free improvisation, massive guitar textures and slowly shifting moods of the drone/doom-tradition the Saint Francis Duo proves there's still a place for adventure and innovation in the world of improvised music. Four years after their debut recording as a duo, influential guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and master percussionist Steve Noble (Rip, Rig & Panic, Brötzmann, Parker, Edwards ...) reach an absolute peak on their third album 'los bordes de las respuestas'. Mixed by Mark Urselli (John Zorn, Dave Lombardo ... ) and mastered & cut by Matt Colton (Thurston Moore, Aphex Twin) this limited and first release for the Antwerp based Dropa Disc label is an excellent example of the intense and adventurous musical interplay O'Malley and Noble generate as Saint Francis Duo, a must-hear for open-minded music fanatics and doom heads alike."-Dropa Disc
"Four years after their debut recording as a duo, influential guitarist Stephen O'Malley (Sunn O))), KTL) and master percussionist Steve Noble (Rip, Rig and Panic, Brotzmann, Parker, Edwards ...) reach an absolute peak on their third album Los Bordes De Las Respuestas. Mixed by Mark Urselli (John Zorn, Dave Lombardo ... ) and mastered and cut by Matt Colton ( Thurston Moore, Aphex Twin) this limited and first release for the Antwerp based Dropa Disc label is an excellent example of the intense and adventurous musical interplay O'Malley and Noble generate as Saint Francis Duo, a must-hear for open-minded music fanatics and doom heads alike...."-Guy Peters
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"Stephen O'Malley (sometimes referred to as SOMA) is a guitarist, producer, composer, and visual artist from Seattle, Washington who has conceptualized and participated in numerous drone doom, death/doom, and experimental music groups (the most notable of which is Sunn O)))).
O'Malley is a founding member of several groups including Sunn O))) (1998-present), Burning Witch (1995-1998), KTL (2005-present), and Khanate (2000-2006). Within these groups and alone, he has collaborated with a variety of artists including Greg Anderson, Merzbow, Eyvind Kang, Alan Moore, Iancu Dumitrescu, Ana-Maria Avram, F.M. Einheit, Randall Dunn, James Plotkin, Julian Cope, Joe Preston, Attila Csihar, Stuart Dempster, Peter Rehberg aka PITA, Lee Dorrian, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Nurse With Wound, the Japanese metal band Boris & Michio Kurihara, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Daniel O'Sullivan & Kristoffer Rygg (in the free improvisation act Æthenor together with Steve Noble), Aaron Turner, Oren Ambarchi, Alexander Tucker, and percussionist Z'EV.
O'Malley also produced work together with the French choreographer and theatre director Gisèle Vienne (the pieces "Kindertotenlieder" (2007), "Jerk" (2008), "Eternelle Idole" (2009), This Is How You Will Disappear (2010)), Last Spring: A Prequel (2011), American sculptor Banks Violette (various projects between 2005-2009), the Italian performance artist Nico Vascellari (2007-2011), Swiss art collective KLAT (2009), and the Belgian film maker Alexis Destoop ("Kairos" (2010), with Oren Ambarchi).
O'Malley has directed and produced album cover art and design since the early 1990s for groups including Earth, Burzum, Emperor, Melvins and Boris. He has also worked as a rock/metal music journalist & published a black metal fanzine called Descent in the nineties. He was involved with creation of both the Southern Lord label and the experimental/neofolk/black metal label The Ajna Offensive. In 2011 he began curating and art directing the Ideologic Organ record label, in association with the Viennese Editions Mego.
Although he is originally from Seattle, O'Malley's Web site indicates that he lives in Paris, France."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_O'Malley)
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"Steve Noble is London's leading drummer, a fearless and constantly inventive improviser whose super-precise, ultra-propulsive and hyper-detailed playing has galvanized encounters with Derek Bailey, Matthew Shipp, Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith, Stephen O'Malley, Joe McPhee, Alex Ward, Rhodri Davies and many, many more.
In the early eighties, Noble played with the Nigerian master drummer Elkan Ogunde, Rip Rig and Panic, Brion Gysin and the Bow Gamelan Ensemble, before going on to work with the pianist Alex Maguire and with Derek Bailey (including Company Weeks 1987, 89 and 90). He was featured in the Bailey's excellent TV series on Improvisation for Channel 4 based on his book 'Improvisation; its nature and practise'. He has toured and performed throughout Europe, Africa and America and currently leads the groups N.E.W (with John Edwards and Alex Ward) and DECOY (with John Edwards and Alexander Hawkins)."-https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/artists/steve-noble/ (Cafe Oto Website)
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Edition of 500 hand-numbered
Label: Dropa Disc
Catalog ID: 001
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Recorded at Freakscene’s Summer Bummer, in Zuiderpershuis, Antwerp, Belgium on August 10th, 2014, by Michael Huon.
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