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In A Flash Everything Comes Together As One There Is No Need For A Subject

by Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi

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Recorded one year after this international trio’s first release (Tima Formosa BT04), In a flash everything comes together as one there is no need for a subject presents the entirety of a live performance that took place at SuperDeluxe, Tokyo on January 24th 2010. For their second performance together, the trio opted for an entirely different instrumental configuration. The dark improvisations of Tima Formosa were produced with Ambarchi’s signature electric guitar, O’Rourke on inside-piano and Haino primarily on vocals and electronics. Here they form a classic power trio: Ambarchi on drums, O’Rourke on bass and Haino on guitar, vocals, electronics and, in one amazing passage, lap steel. While the instrumentation has changed, the mysterious atmosphere of their first collaboration remains: far from a rock genre exercise, this performance is steeped in the dark ritualistic mood that characterizes all of Haino’s best work.

Haino is in truly phenomenal form herein, foregoing the single-instrument explorations of much of his recent solo work and his more peripheral role on the trio’s first release for a virtuosic and wide-ranging performance that takes in piercing leads, delicate strumming, jarring lap-steel interjections and his inimitable vocal caresses and howls. O’Rourke’s bass sometimes merges with Haino’s guitar to form crumbling walls of noise, at other times his dark ostinatos and runs add melodic weight. Ambarchi’s drumming moves from delicate, propulsive cymbal work to endless thundering streams of free-pulse pounding. The title of the release is appropriate: from the spacious and unpredictable slow-mo interactions of the first piece (reminiscent of some of the greatest Fushitsusha moments) to the wild free-riffing that concludes the performance, the trio seems uncannily attuned to one-another’s movements, and everything truly ’comes together as one’.


released March 14, 2011

Keiji Haino - guitar, voice, lap steel, air synths
Jim O'Rourke - bass
Oren Ambarchi - drums

Recorded live by Masahide Ando at Super Deluxe, Tokyo, January 24, 2010
Mastered by Casey Rice at Classickxs, Melbourne

Cover image: Marco Fusinato
Design: Stephen O'Malley


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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). ... more

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