AMBARCHI & JOHAN BERTHLING, OREN - MY DAYS ARE DARKER THAN YOUR NIGHTS (CD)


"Although Ambarchi treats the instrument as a malleable sound source rather than a hard and fast repertoire, he is drawn to sustained tones, and his involvement with Phill Niblock's minimalist drones has been another strong marker of his musical learnings. "My days are darker than your nights" was recorded in Stockholm in March 2002. Ambarchi's collaborator on this occasion was Swedish bass player Johan Berthling, veteran of improvising groups run by pianist Sten Sandell or percussionist Raymond Strid. Berthling explores other instruments with his trio Tape, and for this duo recording he alights on the harmonium. Ambarchi's guitar is somehow looped to create a pulsating drone that interacts with the keyboard's pedalled pulse. Small changes occur over a single 31 minute piece: a harmonium chord is reconfigured, the guitar loop's shrillness intensifies or its pulsation grows more emphatic. As the two components interact, the music develops despite its appearance of unchanging steady state until at last it fades away. On "My days are darker than your nights", Berthling and Ambarchi bring bellows and circularity together within a common language to make a joint statement that repays repeated listening." (label info)
in stock | SE| 2003| HÄPNA | 12.90


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