Christian Fennesz, Jim O'Rourke; It's Hard For Me To Say I'm SorryEditions Mego
EMEGO 221 CD
Despite decades of activity and having crossed paths in various collaborations, this release presents the first-ever duo recording from two of the most highly regarded citizens of planet experimental electronic. Individually, Jim O'Rourke and Christian Fennesz have been responsible for numerous legendary works that merge the traditional avant-garde with contemporary sensibilities.
On It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry these giants of experimental electronic practice come together for an immensely powerful sonic experience. The signatures of both O'Rourke and Fennesz cohabit this release, with O'Rourke's gurgling harmonies swimming among the shimmering frequencies and strummed melodies produced by Fennesz. The two tracks situate themselves as a warm electronic adventure; simultaneously radical and comforting, these works shift from gentle sonorities to fully distorted explosions, all of which reside within a template of tension between musical and non-music matter.
Timeless in execution and presentation, It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry is a deeply rewarding sonic experience from two of the most romantic gentlemen active in experimental music today. Recorded in Kobe, Kyoto, and Tokyo in September 2015. Photos by Jim O'Rourke. Layout by Shunichiro Okada.