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by Onin

Dark Star 09:02
GdPdB 08:16
Errery 13:14
Tsingy 12:11


Improvisors Joe Wright (sax/feedback) and James L. Malone (guitar) release their first album as Onin, on verz imprint. Expect creeping timbral explorations with clunking tones, rumbles of feedback, squeak, skronk and wail.


"The grubby tundra of ‘Dark Star’ is a great opening salvo, Malone’s fibrous clangs echoing over the masses of Wright’s sub-zero sonics with unexpectedly emotional heft. And the album’s title track is full to the brim of things that go bump in the night, its poltergeist racket juxtaposed with almost comic stringy whoops and whistles for a big back of unheimlich fun.

But the highlight has got to be machine shop wallop of ‘Shrike’s Dance’, in which layers of oily syncopation and air-tube rattle jazz about in acousmatic fury. The title may well be a reference to ‘Pharaoh’s Dance’, the opening cut on Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew’, and you can just about sniff out some that weaved interplay of instrumentation here – although the gassy thumps and drill-whine of an ancient central heating system in the process of being dismantled may be a better image. The physical pulse never goes away and may inspire spot of calisthenics in all but the most sedentary listeners. Work it."
Paul Margree, Radio Free Midwich: radiofreemidwich.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/london-crawling-paul-margree-on-alex-ward-onin-yeah-you-stephanie-merchak-sebastian-camens-and-miya-masaoka-zeena-parkins-and-myra-melford/

"None of this...is easy listening music; this is something that needs your undivided attention...once you open up to some of its nastiness you'll realize that this is all powerful improvisation music of a more heavy weight nature." - Vital Weekly 1088


released June 28, 2017

James Malone – Guitar
Joe Wright – Saxophone & Dynamic Feedback

Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Ed Pettersen
Design & Photographs by Phil Maguire


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