Why does Oren Ambarchi always look so smug? Look at him. What secret does he know? What’s up his sleeve? Probably safe to say it’s a new record. Smug prolific bastard. This year, he’s already released a solo album (Audience of One) on Touch, a live trio recording with Stephen O’Malley and Keiji Haino, and yet another with Haino and Jim O’Rourke — not to mention collaborations with Fire! and Thomas Brinkmann.
What now Ambarchi? A new LP on Editions Mego? Huh? Something called Sagittarian Domain, due August 28? Yeah, that would be just like you. I have you totally figured out. I bet you were bored one day, feeling less prolific than usual, and recorded this damn record in a single session in Melbourne. I bet you played an array of instruments, like guitars, Moog bass, drums, percussion, and vocals, with strings arranged by James Rushford and performed by you (viola), Elizabeth Welsh (violin), and Judith Hamann (cello). Knowing you, it’s likely one 33-minute piece, which was featured in Benedict Andrews’ production of “Every Breath” at the Belvoir St. Theater in Sydney this year. So Ambarchi.
Wipe that grin off your face.