Mark Fell, Ricardo Villalobos, Keith Fullerton Whitman and Jim O’Rourke all feature on the upcoming Hubris.
You’ve got to hand it to Australian multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi, he knows how to put together a collaboration. His most recent Pale Calling LP took in the sounds of James Rushford and François Bonnet, aka Kassel Jaeger, whose Zauberberg LP on Shelter Press this year is a multifarious delight of classical and ambient sounds. Editions Mego on the other hand have put out two collaborative LPs in Masami Akita & Eiko Ishibashi’s Kouen Kyoudai 公園兄弟 and a Christian Fennesz & Jim O’Rourke LP, It’s Hard For Me To Say I’m Sorry, with the latter featuring on this latest Ambarchi project called Hubris. Alongside O’Rourke, one of Ambarchi’s closest cohorts, Hubris sees additional instrumentation from electronic heavyweights Mark Fell, Ricardo Villalobos and Keith Fullerton Whitman, who deliver a three-track LP that Editions Mego explain as continuing the exploration of relentless, driving rhythms heard on Ambarchi’s previous Mego works, Sagittarian Domain and Quixotism.
Additional input comes from Konrad Sprenger, aka Jörg Hiller, a German composer known for his instrument building skills whom Editions Mego say, “contributes overtone-rich motorized guitar,” to Hubris, while Crys Cole, who released an album on Ambarchi’s Black Truffle label last year, apparently pays tribute to “the skewed harmonic sense of Albert Marcoeur” with layers of “bass guitar figures and abstracted speech.” Mark Fell is said to contribute electronic percussion to the final passages of “Part 1” while on “Part 3”, following the shorter interlude of “Part 2”, Ricardo Villalobos typically contributes said electronic rhythms between the “twin drums” of Australians Joe Talia and Will Guthrie. The “aleatoric synthesizer burbles” of modular wizard Keith Fullerton Whitman also feature in “Part 3” as do the guitars of Arto Lindsay and Ambarchi, with the label revealing that some of the latter’s inspirations stem from Ambarchi’s love of Wang Chung’s soundtrack to William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A. Preview Hubris below.
Editions Mego will release Hubris by Oren Ambarchi on November 11th, 2016.
1. Hubris Part 1
2. Hubris Part 2
3. Hubris Part 3
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