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Artist: NAZORANAI
Title: S/T
Format: Double LP
Label: Ideologic Organ
Country: France
Price: $31.00
Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals & synth), Stephen OMalley (bass guitar) & Oren Ambarchi (battery). Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin, April 2012. "Oren Ambarchi has been an active colleague -- we have collaborated on a number of Sunn O))) projects, and also Sunn O)))-related projects, film scores, tours, meals, etcetera over the years. He brought us to Australia for the first time in 2004, we toured Israel with Attila Csihar as Gravetemple Trio in 2006. Oren introduced us to Haino-san in 2006 when Sunn O))) played the FIMAV festival in Victoriaville, Quebec (Oren was in the ensemble on that tour), in a stinky locker room (the venue was a hockey ring). Had no idea what to expect but a few hours later, he was on stage with us. It was one of those what now moments you never imagine happening, having been a fan/follower of Hainos playing, concerts and recordings over the years. Five years later, somehow, we ended up as this trio. Haino, Oren and I were all in Holland for one reason or another and decided to try it. I played bass for the first time on stage with this group. Maybe it shows but the idea was a power trio backing up Haino-san, with a lot of amplification. We have had the chance to repeat the trio twice again so far, and this recording comes from a concert in Paris, November 2011. Its hard to describe the lessons through real-time communication in music with such a master of form, but needless to say, they were much different than what I was expecting and beyond! Proof again that expectations lead to dead ends. Was a most challenging experience in real-time music. I feel incredibly honored to be part of this trio." -Stephen OMalley.

Artist: NAZORANAI
Title: Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed
Format: LP
Label: W.25th
Country: USA
Price: $27.00
"Nazoranai is the supergroup of Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi and Stephen OMalley. For close to four decades, Haino has been a legendary figure in Japans avant-garde community through his commanding presence in the band Fushitsusha and numerous solo ventures. Ambarchi, a prolific electro-acoustic composer of heavy ambience and hypno-rock, has long stood at the leading edge of Australias experimental music scene, while OMalley remains a principle architect for the drone / doom metal project Sunn O))) in harnessing extreme sub-harmonic frequencies. Collectively, Nazoranai operates as a live recorded collaboration, although Haino is quick to point out the difference between the words nazoranai (which in Japanese calligraphy means not repeating, as in developing a distinct, individual style) and sokkyō (referring specifically to improvisation). In this parsing of terms, the group separates themselves from the free-music scene, which can be just as convention-bound as the established genres from which improvisers hope to escape. On the trios third album, Beginning To Fall In Line Before Me, So Decorously, The Nature Of All That Must Be Transformed, Nazoranai explore two side-long tracks of superb abstraction. Ambarchi and OMalley provide the perfect brute-rock rhythm section to Hainos recklessly pure expression through instrument and voice. Blurred noise, dark hurdy-gurdy and thunderous harmonics build an accretive mantra of jagged electricity. While Hainos extensive discography resists easy interpretation, he constantly challenges himself to further his art by channeling the unknown. Shifting from his native Japanese to English, he asks: Do you still have a mystery? This existential plea could apply to the artists own deep inquisitions or stand to confront his audience about that which eludes their understanding. W.25TH / Superior Viaduct is proud to present Nazoranais latest work, recorded at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo, which marks the bands first release on an American label." - W. 25th.

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