Published Mar 17, 2016While often found glooming it up in Sunn O))) with cloaked co-conspirator Greg Anderson, Stephen O'Malley has amassed a plenty impressive catalogue on his own as well. His next solo offering is a vinyl-only slab of distorted, droning riffs titled End Ground, which is out now through Sweden's iDEAL Recordings.
Befitting the album title, the release is being touted as the third and final part of a series of solo recordings prepped for the Swedish imprint, the previous instalment having been last year's Fuck Fundamentalist Pigs.
This latest collection was recorded at Paris' Centre Cultural Suisse in 2013, with the artist conjuring guitar damage through Sunn model T amps. The 45-minute performance was captured on a Zoom H4n Handy Recorder.
Described in a press release as "deliciously visceral, primal and whelming," the A-side to the release is said to home in "languorous riffs which turn the air around him to a pensive, vibrating mush." The flip apparently has O'Malley delivering a more "crushing" display of his rock and avant-garde guitar skills.
End Ground arrives in a limited-edition run of 700 copies, with 300 of those being pressed onto transparent "byzantine"-coloured vinyl. There will be no digital or CD release.
You can hear a couple of snippets from End Ground and find out more info on the release over here on Boomkat, where you can also order the release.