Shade Sounds

Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O’Malley and Randall Dunn

Shade Themes From Kairos

Drag City

Release date: May 20th 2014


This album began in 2009, when Belgian filmmaker Alexis Destoop asked Ambarchi and O’Malley to score his short feature, “Kairos.” Randall Dunn was their first and best choice to record and co-produce the music – and as the session progressed, all three men found themselves acting as a trio to bring the music. In the end, this album was made by the trio of players. Decamped in an old radio station in Kortrijk, Belgium, they filled a bare, stripped live broadcast room with equipment as well as other amazing old devices made available by the gearheads of the European lowlands.

With guitars, drums, analog synthesizers, vibes, crotales, Sruti box and a mellotron the soundtrack was completed – but  further work with the music, had them reconvening back at Randall’s ALEPH Studio in Seattle, where further recording and mixing was done.

To synthesise the mood of the music, artwork was commissioned from the Russian symbolist Denis Kostromitin, who provided astonishing visuals that matched the mutations of the album.

The Aural Delights View : an excellent collection of mood pieces, moving from glitchy ambience to percussion focused tribal workouts, where guitars, synths and mellotrons move around, beneath and through the rhythm. Brutal, atonal and noisy in parts but always mesmerising and very enjoyable.

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