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Jim O'Rourke

Side A / Side B (LP)

Label: Diagonal

Format: LP

Genre: Electronic

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Colour vinyl edition of 500 copies, housed in a screen printed polythene bag. Includes a download dropped to your account. Following last year’s acclaimed 'Sleep Like It's Winter’ album and a steady supply of releases via his own Steamroom, Jim O’Rourke returns with a rare vinyl outing; a reworking of source material provided by Alessio Natalizia a.k.a. Not Waving. Spread across two longform pieces, O'Rourke channels Popol Vuh on the spiralling, synth-heavy 15 minute A-side, while the flip sounds like highest grade rhythmic Autechre abstractions imaginable. It's by some distance the most crucial, meaningful release on Diagonal in a long while.

What started out as a remix project quickly turned into a collaboration-at-a-distance, with Natalizia sending extra parts, pushing O’Rourke to stray as far from the original material as possible. O’Rourke being O’Rourke, the results are nothing short of revelatory. ‘Side A’ renders a chromatic synth knot into a spiralling, heavenly superstructure worthy of comparison to Popol Vuh, slowly emerging from barely-there pulsing embers to a full-on psychedelic shimmer that in turn recalls Klaus Schulze and Craig Leon, ever-evolving, restless, meditative, agitated. ’Side B' envelopes listeners in a hyper-baroque rave hall of mirrors - all iridescent arps and irregular, automated pulses that refract palatial imaginary spaces. It’s what we imagine O’Rourke and Autechre collaborating might sound like. And if that doesn't get you in a tizz, this one’s probably not for you.

Brilliant.
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Cat. number: DIAG049
Year: 2019

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