posted February 28th, 2014

Freaks take note: Shade Themes From Kairos is the new iteration of the dream.  The dream scenario being, bring together a couple of singular players, old friends and collaborators Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley, to play in a space engineered and co-populated by Randall Dunn. This dream's iteration is lucid yet imaginative, resonant as a collective inquest in sound, with all the players deeply immersed within the panorama they are creating. 

The Shade 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.  The trio decamped in an old radio station in Kortrijk, Belgium, where they filled a bare, stripped live broadcast room with the needed equipment as well as other amazing old pieces made available by the gearheads of the European lowlands.

With guitars, drums, analog synthesizers, vibes, crotales, Sruti box and a mellotron, deep emanations were evoked, while other spirits emerged from the old wooden sound panels in the room - the ghosts of music makers past? It will suffice to say that all who were there contributed something. The soundtrack was completed - but the vast space they'd discovered together required deeper investigation. Ambarchi, O'Malley and Dunn determined to go further with the music, reconvening back at Randall's ALEPH Studio in Seattle (now RIP), where further recording and mixing was done.

Forward waves, arc and drone. Damp flashes, dark and sinuous, a profusion of moods and moments. All the sites, people, instruments, rooms and distance, came together to make a deep trip down varied paths in successful pursuit of the sound, realised as Shade Themes From Kairos, by Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'Malley and Randall Dunn. Shade Themes From Kairos arrives on double LP May 20th!

Artists in this story: Ambarchi / O'Malley / Dunn