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Sunn O)))

Metta, Benevolence BBC 6Music : Live On The Invitation Of Mary Anne Hobbs

Label: Southern Lord

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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In late October 2019, following a successful UK tour ending in a sold-out concert at the mythical Roundhouse in London, Sunn O))) entered studio 4 of the BBC Maida Vale. On invitation to record a live session for Mary Anne Hobbs to be broadcast on Samhain via her excellent radio show on BBC6.  To enter the legendary John Peel studios was to enter a temple of music and experimentation, liberty in ideas and sound. The band was nearing the end of a long touring year around the Life Metal and Pyroclast albums. Sunn O))) had developed the compositions extensively, embracing the formative concepts of the Life Metal album conceptually and emotionally, but actualised and evolved into vast, open and bright hypersaturated arrangements. Particularly the pieces the band chose to perform on this recording: Troubled Air and Pyroclasts.

The former enriched into a total aspect of the band’s ethos and form in many ways, and Pyroclasts had evolved to become all-inclusive radiation of O))). The radiation embraces collaboration and freedom of interpretation by each player, within a structural format of the massive monuments of sound and distortion which define Sunn O))).  Anna Von Hausswolff and her band had accompanied Sunn O))) on the UK leg, and Anna joined Sunn O))) in the studio on synths and with her tremendous voice on the Pyroclasts pieces.

Cat. number: sunn400
Year: 2021
Issued in a standard jewel case with an obi & 8-page fold-out sheet. Recorded at BBC Maida Vale in studio 4 on 29 October 2019 for Mary Anne Hobbs's show on BBC6Music. First broadcast 31 October 2019 Back cover: Recorded & mixed via SSL J series board to Protools. CD edition mastered on a hybrid digital analogue path. Artwork: "A Great Weight Lifting" & "Cries & Whispers" (2020), "Fiona" & "William" (2018), "Pitch" & "Arise" (2017) Samantha Keeley Smith. 2019 evocation by Edwin "Savage Pencil" Pouncey. Inner cover: "You cannot know Sunn O))) Surrender the apparatus and the information you use to make measurements.. Walk to the Edge of what it is you think you know A namespace space... Sunn O))) are in the atom and the expanse... Sunn O))) will cast their waveforms like red ribbons across this borderless field.. Drawing us together and folding away the vast spaces, the loneliness, to nothing.. - m/a London April 2021"