Audience of One

Audience of One

by Oren Ambarchi


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Audience of One

Recruiting a variety of guests and fellow travelers, including Eyvind Kang and Crys Cole, Oren Ambarchi continues in his vein of excellent solo releases on Touch with 2012's An Audience of One. The still feeling of "Salt," the album starter, suggests that it's not merely a solitary audience, but a contemplation of solitary feeling -- with calm slow melodies, softly echoed singing from Warm Ghost's Paul Duncan that's part stern, part wistful, and a sense of focused contemplation. "Passage" has a similar feeling at the start with its piano introduction, and notes paced out as Jessika Kenney's singing and textures via Cole emphasize centering and looking inward more than out. But this also blends into the concluding "Fractured Mirror" -- an interpretation of a genuinely pretty, moody instrumental from Ace Frehley's late-'70s solo album, keeping the same skeletal serenity of the original and turning the album's focus outward in turn. "Knots" takes up most of the album, a half-hour-long piece of dark ambience that has the virtue of demonstrating how much more clear and unique Ambarchi's aesthetic and musical voice has become with time. As the soft, reticent chill settles into a slow unfolding of various elements -- what could almost be Tuvan throat singing at one part, a distant percussive part from Joe Talia as feedback coils and snarls at another, or a two-note moan pattern that feels like a fanfare via Vangelis' Blade Runner work for another -- into a full arrangement partially courtesy of Kang; it's at once thrilling and subtly crushing, with a slow steamroller effect. When it pulls back at about ten minutes to feature a new, sweetly exultant main theme, arrhythmic electronic pulses and pluckings and a sense of heading out into a collapsing outer space take the lead in a striking instance of Ambarchi's abilities in full flight.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/31/2012
Label: Touch Uk
UPC: 5027803148321
catalogNumber: 83
Rank: 182390

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oren Ambarchi   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Autoharp,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Mellotron,Hammond B3
Eyvind Kang   Piano,Viola,Igil,Guest Appearance
Paul Duncan   Vocals
Jessika Kenney   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Josiah Boothby   French Horn
Chris Townend   Guest Appearance
Janel Leppin   Cello
Elizabeth Welsh   Violin
Stephen Fandrich   Vocals
Joe Talia   Percussion,Drums,Guest Appearance
James Rushford   Piano,Viola
Crys Cole   Brushes
Natasha Rose   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Ace Frehley   Composer
Eyvind Kang   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Oren Ambarchi   Composer,Guitar Engineer
Randall Dunn   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Paul Duncan   Composer
Simon Connolly   Engineer
Mike Harding   Guitar Engineer
Chris Townend   Engineer
Byron Scullin   Piano Engineer
Brendon Anderegg   Vocal Engineer
Attila Faravelli   Guitar Engineer
Joe Talia   Engineer,Drum Engineering,Percussion Engineer
James Rushford   String Arrangements
Joe Kasmanntod   Guitar Engineer

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