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In the Pendulum's Embrace [Live]

Oren Ambarchi Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Touch
  • ASIN: B000V084VG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 271,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Australian guitarist Oren Ambarchi regularly collaborates with some heavyweight experimental players, most notably tabletop guitar legend Keith Rowe. However, on his own solo recordings - this is his fourth release for the Touch label - he increasingly avoids the outer limits, opting instead for a laid-back ambient style that is constructed from comparatively simple melodic phrases, a style that is firmly in the tradition of Brian Eno & Harold Budd.

To create the music here, Ambarchi employed far more than guitars and electronics, including glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, percussion and voice. All are used subtly and integrated together so that the listener is never aware of that array of instruments. The sound of the guitars remains central, with a strong emphasis on the low end frequencies, other sounds being used primarily for shading and highlighting, to hold the listener's interest and attention.

A key component of the music is the unhurried way in which Ambarchi lets ideas develop - or maybe 'unfold' is the more appropriate word; listening to the end results can induce similar emotions to watching time-delay footage of flowers blooming; there is an irresistible logic and inevitability to the process. The music sounds unforced and natural, giving it a soothing sense of calm.

With just three tracks, between ten and eighteen minutes long, sufficient time is allowed for the pieces to evolve, with plenty of (looped) repetition. However, Ambarchi has the knack of knowing when to move on, so that the repetition never risks becoming tedious; on the contrary, one is more likely to be left wanting more. That is certainly the case with the final track, 'Trailing Moss In Mystic Glow'; its acoustic guitar and wordless vocals sound like some mutant descendant of the blues, but the track ends too abruptly, bringing the album to a rather unsatisfactory conclusion - indeed, the only thing about the album that is unsatisfactory. --John Eyles

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Australian Oren Ambarchi is a sound artist with longstanding interests in transcending conventional instrumental approaches, focusing mainly on the guitar. On his previous albums with Touch as well as on his releases for Tzadik and Southern Lord, Ambarchi has "transcended guitar into a zone of alien beauty". With `In The Pendulum's Embrace', Ambarchi produces a follow-up to 2004's `Grapes from the Estate' by continuing with the suffocating slices of sub-sonic blackness which are complimented by the `light' that comes with acoustic unprocessed instrumentation.

Over the course of 40 minutes and three tracks, Ambarchi engages in an exercise of sonic-disorientation instead of sonic-destruction and this is expertly done via wall shaking bass and drone-doom which are interlaced with isolated elements of glass harmonica, strings, bells, piano, percussion and guitars. On `Inamorata' the instrumentation scuttles subtly in the background before rising to the fore just like a slow-motion tear has been cut through a pitch black sky to reveal blinding light. The combination of lush but unhurried and solitary instrumentation creates a Grails-esque post-rock feel to the composition. The closing track `Trailing Moss In Mystic Glow' features tightly clustered strings flickering upon foreboding droneage which has now been relegated to the background. Towards the end, murmured vocals join proceedings to add a further element of `life' to the now blossoming piece.

On the inside cover Ambarchi has a black and grey picture of a cold, almost empty beach with an industrial port in the background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ocean of sound 3 May 2013
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Absolutely superb droney ambient soundscape. Saw Ambarchi perform just a few days ago and it was absolutely mind-blowing, but this is certainly a good substitute for being there.
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