Against the odds of geography - continuously coming together within various collaborations and combinations of the three, Giovanni Di Domenico, Jim O'Rourke, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto have begun to assemble one of the most exciting bodies of organized sound to have appeared in recent years. The trio’s second outing under the moniker Delivery Health is no exception to the rule. Recorded in Tokyo between 2012 and 2013 and emerging on the ambitious Silent Water imprint, Hard Off sidesteps signifiers and expectations, weaving a knotted tapestry from sheets of sound.
An assembly, a lesson, and a simple conversation between friends, Hard Off is equally an exercise in loss. It’s creators - Domenico, O'Rourke, and Yamamoto - three masters of their form, relinquishing ego and presumption for the honesty found in unforeseen truths. Preconception, reflex, and imprint fall away - a potent reminder of heights unveiled by the unmediated self.
Hard Off is a non-place - an undetermined sonic location without allegiance. These are considerations which begin with the ear - elastic excursions and experiments in improvised sound. Presenting startling and unexpected range, new worlds emerge and evolve from within the fog - rippling textural ambiance, harsh interlocking atonality, subtle and delicate interplay to outright rocking jam. An album which always seeming exactly what and where it needs to be, while moving toward where must be gone.
"Following the release of Delivery Health in 2015, the trio composed by Giovanni Di Domenico, Jim O’Rourke and Tatsuhisa Yamamoto returns with yet another amazing album. Delivery Health became the band name and Hard Off is the title of the second album. Recorded at the great GOK Sound studio in Tokyo in two different sessions, and composed of two long tracks, Hard Off brings the same warmness in sound (thanks again also to the fabulous mixing work done by O’Rourke) and attentive stuctural sensibility, this time in a little more ‘lyrical’ vein."