Oren Ambarchi announces Simian Angel with percussionist Cyro Baptista, out in July on Editions Mego

Oren Ambarchi announces Simian Angel with percussionist Cyro Baptista, out in July on Editions Mego

The time has come for one of our Top 5 Living Australians, Oren Ambarchi, to follow-up his 2016 LP Hubris with a brand new slice of full-fucking-length studio-recorded music.

Of course, I’m not forgetting about his numerous collaborations and guest appearances with Jim O’Rourke, Keiji Haino, and just about everyone else out there, but this is going to be a PROPER solo album. Actually, scratch that: Simian Angel is a collaboration with the legendary Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista; and it’s out on July 5 via Editions Mego.

Speaking of all things Brazilian: unlike the “spectacular explorations of relentlessly driving rhythms” of Ambarchi’s previous three records, the new LP will find him exploring his lifelong but not-easily-observable affinity for the musical tradition of the South American country. With Baptista supplying a chunk of the Paulista soul (a.k.a. *the beats*), Ambarchi is planning on both revisiting the “spacious canvases of classic releases like Grapes from the Estate” and concocting “an abstracted, splayed-out take on the 80s guitar-synth work of Pat Metheny or Bill Frisell.” Honestly, no Oren Ambarchi press release has ever sounded better to me than that.

So far, Simian Angel has only been announced to drop digitally and can be pre-ordered here. So come back to us for updates, and in the meantime, SIP ON a little of THIS:


Simian Angel tracklisting:

01. Palm Sugar Candy
02. Simian Angel

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