In A Flash Everything Comes Together...

Ambarchi / O´rourke / Haino // Black Truffle
Format // 2xLP
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'.

Francis Plagne, Melbourne, Jan 2011.

Released on double LP in a strictly limited edition in a lavish gatefold with printed inner sleeves, design by Stephen O'Malley with high quality live shots by Ujin Matsuo and a stunning cover-image by noise-guitar blaster and internationally renowned visual artist Marco Fusinato.
Artists Keiji Haino // Jim O'rourke // Oren Ambarchi
  • Release Date // March 14, 2011 (physical & digital)
  • Format // 2xLP
  • Catalog Nr // BLACK TRUFFLE 005
  • EAN // 880319498930