Peter Rehberg, prolific collaborator and owner of the Austria-based experimental label Editions Mego, has decided to temporarily renounce his second life as a Middle Eastern bread with a pocket in the middle, in order to resuscitate (or, maybe they’ve just been working very very gradually for the past three years) his project with sunn 0)))’s Stephen O’Malley, otherwise known as KTL. Whereas their most recent album, IV, was, as a press release describes, “recorded and made in a [relatively] short period in a more traditional rock environment,” their upcoming LP, V, due out May 8, has all the hallmarks of, well, basically any album released on Editions Mego (in terms of having an avant-garde or improvisational feel to it), but with a departure in style reminiscent of… you know, I really can’t think of an unoffensive example where a band or musician has successfully altered their style for the better. Someone help me out here.
In any case, V shouldn’t be anything as drastic as, say, RJD2 exploring his more sensitive side, so we need not be worried. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to be utterly smitten with the prospect of this release — not the least of which is the implication that comes with Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson orchestrating the track “Phill 2.” It’s time to don your tuxedos, Mr. Rehberg and Mr. O’Malley; you may have just entered an entirely new realm of musical sophistication. Click here for the official release page.
01. Phill 1
02. Study A
04. Phill 2
05. Last Spring: A Prequel