Ensemble Pearl Ensemble Pearl on 2LP
2013 Debut from Heavy Rock Project featuring Atsuo, William Herzog, Michio Kurihara & Stephen O'Malley
Cosmic heavy amplified rock drops and ripples, auras radiate and expand into cloudforms, through which lightning bolts. Tides rise, the moons wax upon a place somewhere between Link Wray, Hex-era Earth and early Tangerine Dream. The echoes return, leaving a trail that blows and drifts, creating a separate piece. The metal of coils is the metal of the earth, the air...the meteoric and primal elements found in space.
Ensemble Pearl reaches through the clouds and atmospheres and brings it all back down to the ground, to forge further creations for woman and man. This music production is inspired by rock from the classic era ('50s through ‘70s) and acousmatic contemporary composition alike. Ensemble Pearl are Atsuo, William Herzog, Michio Kurihara and Stephen O'Malley. Their eponymous 2013 debut album also features the elemental forces of Eyvind Kang and Timba Harris.
These players have all moved air and earth in many other projects and can create monolith and river alike on their own – but for Ensemble Pearl they give and take, knowing and understanding each other's strengths and lack of weakness. Rather than blast sheets of air-filling sound, their contributions float the space with positive and negative dynamics. There are no borders being patrolled, allowing Ensemble Pearl to move from place to place unhindered.
Over the course of six sides of four sides of vinyl they ride the jet stream as the world revolves slowly below, static almost, shimmering imperceptibly, mostly water. In and amongst the sprays of foam, there's a wash of twin-lead psych-proggery, a raft of tribal-beat sun worship, a passing rumble of neck-stretching, some delicate noise blowing, a bit of float-and-drone and finally, a majestic drift into the deep waters of dub atmosphere. From these heavy vibration masters, with their ear-shattering antecedents, these are new horizons, first dreamed of, then visited and played upon.