KEIJI HAINO / JIM O'ROURKE / OREN AMBARCHI
Caught In The Dilemma Of Being Made To Choose This Makes The Modesty Which Should Never Been Clos
The renowned trio of Keiji Haino, Jim ORourke and Oren Ambarchi return to Black Truffle with their 11th release, Caught in the dilemma of being made to choose This makes the modesty which should never been closed off itself Continue to ask itself: Ready or not? Demonstrating once again their commitment to continual experimentation in instrumentation and approach, the record begins with a long-distance collaboration made in response to a commission from New Yorks Issue Project Room in 2021 during widespread lockdowns and travel limitations. A unique piece in the trios extensive body of work, this side-long epic finds Haino performing on metal percussion, ORourke on electronics and Ambarchi on gongs and bells. Initially dominated by rapid patterns on resonant, high-pitched tuned percussion, the piece sets Hainos dynamic and dramatic performance against a calm backdrop of cycling electronics, thrumming gong strikes and hanging bell tones. The performance develops a heightened, intensely concentrated atmosphere reminiscent of Hainos classic Tenshi No Ginjinka or his Nijiumu project; when Haino moves to clashing hand cymbals in its second half, the pieces ritualistic energy suggests aspects of the music of Tibetan Buddhism.