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Tongue 16:23
Tied 15:16


Recorded in 2014 and originally released on Hapna in 2015.
"Oren Ambarchi and Johan Berthling are two masters of reducing music's peak intensities to their root meaning. Oren's early solo guitar works rendered this process with an instantly recognisable combination of sine wave throb and precisely controlled attack that has bloomed in maturity -- concentrating the ecstatic potential of the guitar solo by folding it back on itself and stacking the points of greatest liminal intensity into waves of powerfully psychedelic excess while also encompassing more explicit references to his deep love of pop/rock songform and rhythmic/riffing minimalism. Johan Berthling's attention to purity of sound and his unflagging pulse has made him one of Europe's finest bass players whether invigorating numerous acoustic ensembles (Arashi/LSB/Martin Küchen etc) or keeping Fire!'s free/jazz/rock amalgam locked during explosions of orchestral colour. He first came to my attention in the trio Tape -- a group that have continued to refine an open approach to pastoral minimalism, rich and strikingly gorgeous without resorting to emotional posturing. Though Ambarchi has since joined Berthling in Fire! and its orchestral incarnation as a guest -- it's been well over a decade since they convened as a duo in Stockholm to record My Days Are Darker Than Your Nights -- a gorgeous half-hour of luminous sustained tones sourced from Ambarchi's guitar and electronics and Berthling on harmonium. Initially reacquainting us with those times Tongue Tied slowly drifts into consciousness -- an overture of flickering held hammond chords and harmonics set aloft like lanterns celebrating the new year before dramatically shifting into the present with a strummed double bass run and Ambarchi's swinging cymbals ushering in the pair's shared mode of simultaneous propulsion and physical suspension. We see things a little more clearly in this time. I think about The Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner -- the scene shot at 500 frames a second and played back at 24 -- but here it's just the core of music in motion -- the bottom of the tongue's tip tethered to the floor of the mouth sending the mind sky high" - John Chantler.


released January 1, 2015

guitar, drums, synthesizer
electric bass, double bass, hammond organ, synthesizer

Recorded in 2014 at Atlantis, Stockholm by Janne Hansson and at Summa, Stockholm by Andreas Söderström & Johan Berthling
Mixed by Andreas Werliin & Johan Berthling
Mastered by Andreas Lubich

Impossible without: Andreas Werliin,
Thanks to Janne Hansson, Andreas Söderström, Andreas Lubich, Klas Augustsson


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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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