Published May 13, 2014Tikkun olam is a Jewish concept that means "repairing the world," and speaks to our shared responsibility as members of the human community. Pinhas and Oren Ambarchi embark on a musical gesture of this imperative, and they are joined by Masami Akita (Merzbow), Joe Talia, Duncan Pinhas and Eric Boreleva. One could place this music in the world of prog or noise or even an extreme, psilocybin-laced vein of jam band, but it would definitely miss the point.
All the elements are there — delay-drenched guitars over synth/drum grooves building to a density that leaves little room for considerations like dynamics or phrasing — but this music is a stunning dervish dance of psychedelic slam that seems to verge on trance. It's a very Euro take on psychedelia that owes much to early Pink Floyd and Gong, but eschews any reference to song structure, and careens full speed into the ride. There are plenty of noise elements here, but the recording is artfully made so that the myriad elements retain their integrity in the mix and the wall of sound is made remarkable by the stark presence of the pointillist grains of material. (Cuneiform)