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Ambarchi, Oren / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin: Ghosted II [VINYL] (Drag City)

Driven by compelling rhythms and subtle interactions that wind around them, the trio of guitarist Oren Ambarchi, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin expand their Ghosted concept in this second album, four diverse pieces fusing "funk-jazz heads, polyrhythmic skeletons, ambient pastorals, post-kraut drones and shimmering soundtrack reveries".
 

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Oren Ambarchi-guitar

Johan Berthling-bass

Andreas Werliin-drums


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UPC: 781484091714

Label: Drag City
Catalog ID: DC 917LP
Squidco Product Code: 34626

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Studio Rymden, in Stockholm, Sweden, on June 12th and 13th, 2023, by Daniel Bengtsson.

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"An utterly unique guitar/bass/drums triad: the guitar sounds like anything but a guitar; bass and drums simultaneously insistent and relaxed. Telephathic group-think opens a window to fresh fields of fusion: funk-jazz heads, polyrhythmic skeletons, ambient pastorals, post-kraut drones and shimmering soundtrack reveries. A music of sustained tension and deep atmosphere, marked by subtle, shifting dynamics playing out in an open sound field."-Drag City



"The term "ghosted" carries a negative connotation in the zeitgeist. It describes making a connection with someone virtually and then having that (usually short-lived) link severed when they vanish without a trace. Oren Ambarchi, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin flip the script on the "g" word, implying a sense of longstanding affinity and connectedness with their music. As a trio - Ambarchi playing guitar, Berthling on the bass, and Werliin manning the drumkit - they operate as a tight unit, unfurling complex polyrhythms in lockstep. Ghosted II is only their sophomore album yet they act as if they're intertwined vines that have grown together for ages. They reach toward the heavens together.

It's no surprise that these three adept musicians can commune with each other: Ambarchi is a serial collaborator with a long list of workmates, while Berthling and Werliin make noise together as two-thirds of Fire! alongside Mats Gustafsson.On this second coming together, the trio embarks on a journey fuelled by rhythm and groove. Werliin beats out polyglot codes on the drums, effortlessly sliding into globetrotting rhythms. His polyrhythmic pulse can whirl dancily or glide introspectively, and we are treated to both modes on Ghosted II. Berthling's basslines are incredibly melodic, bouncing around in response to Werliin's beats or taking the lead and providing a foundational throb for the other two players to glide on. Ambarchi manages to make his guitar sound like pure beauty, unleashing glistening tone clusters, and featherlight fog banks. He floats alongside his sparring partners, weaving streamers of gold and silver into the already complex chains that they've crocheted.

When the three elements combine - guitar, bass, and drums - in this trio's hands, they conjure an alchemical synergy and sparks certainly fly. That the results get increasingly funky with each release is a bonus. I'm already excited for the next edition of Ghosted to arrive."-Bryon Hayes, Foxy Digitalis


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Artist Biographies

"Oren Ambarchi is a composer and multi-instrumentalist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches. His work focuses mainly on the exploration of the guitar, "re-routing the instrument into a zone of alien abstraction where it's no longer easily identifiable as itself. Instead, it's a laboratory for extended sonic investigation". (The Wire, UK).

Oren Ambarchi's works are hesitant and tense extended songforms located in the cracks between several schools: modern electronics and processing; laminal improvisation and minimalism; hushed, pensive songwriting; the deceptive simplicity and temporal suspensions of composers such as Morton Feldman and Alvin Lucier; and the physicality of rock music, slowed down and stripped back to its bare bones, abstracted and replaced with pure signal.

From the late 90's his experiments in guitar abstraction and extended technique have led to a more personal and unique sound-world incorporating a broader palette of instruments and sensibilities. On recent releases such as Grapes From The Estate and In The Pendulum's Embrace Ambarchi has employed glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, drums and percussion, creating fragile textures as light as air which tenuously coexist with the deep, wall-shaking bass tones derived from his guitar.

Ambarchi works with simple constructs and parameters; exploring one idea over an extended duration and patiently teasing every nuance and implication from each texture; the phenomena of sum and difference tones; carefully tended arrangements that unravel gently; unprepossessing melodies that slowly work their way through various permutations; resulting in an otherworldly, cumulative impact of patiently unfolding compositions.

Ambarchi has performed and recorded with a diverse array of artists such as Fennesz, Otomo Yoshihide, Pimmon, Keiji Haino, John Zorn, Rizili, Voice Crack, Jim O'Rourke, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, Dave Grohl, Gunter Muller, Evan Parker, z'ev, Toshimaru Nakamura, Peter Rehberg, Merzbow and many more. Since 2004 Ambarchi has worked with American avant metal outfit Sunn 0))) contributing to many of their releases and side-projects including their Black One album from 2005 and the recent Monoliths & Dimensions release.

For 10 years together with Robbie Avenaim, Ambarchi was the co-organiser of the What Is Music? festival, Australia's premier annual showcase of local and international experimental music. The festival hosted over 200 local and international performers. Ambarchi now curates the Maximum Arousal series at The Toff In Town in Melbourne and has recently co-produced an Australian television series on experimental music called Subsonics. Ambarchi recently co-curated the sound program for the 2008 Yokohama Triennale."

-Oren Ambarchi Website (http://orenambarchi.com/category/biography/)
6/12/2024

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"Johan Berthling (* 1973 in Stockholm ) is a Swedish jazz and improvisational musician ( contrabass , electric bass , also piano ).

Berthling studied at the Royal Music College in Stockholm from 1996-1998 . Since then, he has worked in the Swedish and international jazz and improvisation scene in various ensembles including David Stackenäs , Raymond Strid , Fredrik Ljungkvist , Sten Sandell , Paal Nilssen-Love , Akira Sakata , Mats Gustafsson , Jonas Kullhammar and the Christer Bothén Acoustic Ensemble. In the field of jazz, he was involved in 23 recording sessions between 1996 and 2014. He also worked with folkmusicist and songwriter Nicolai Dunger ( roasting och herren , 2007)."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Berthling)
6/12/2024

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"Andreas Werliin (* 1982 ) is a Swedish drummer of creative jazz and new improvisational music .

Werliin, who grew up in Strömstad , studied at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg. There he met his wife, Mariam Wallentin , with whom he formed the duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums . The band presented several albums since 2007 and toured internationally, in 2008 it was awarded the Swedish Jazzact of the Year.

With Mats Gustafsson and Johan Berthling he formed the trio Fire! , Who went to Japantournee with Jim O'Rourke in 2010, and since 2013 for now (2016) four albums to the large format Fire! Orchestra. In 2010, Dan Berglund got him to his Tonbruket project, which then became a collaborative band, which was awarded the Gyllene Skivan in 2012 and the Jazzkattan in 2016."

-Wikipedia translated by Google (https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=de&u=https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andreas_Werliin&prev=search)
6/12/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. En 9:32

2. Tva 13:15

SIDE B



1. Tre 7:36

2. Fyra 9:42

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