This album, sonically, is like a ritual. From its initial note, held and then alternated a while, simplicity evidencing the less is more approach works. Tuba drone doom. Not everyone’s taste I’m sure. When my friend dragged me to try and get in the small rooms to see them at Supersonic one year I didn’t understand what it was about, or why there was such a buzz about Ore. I have been duped before, buying an album that’s “different” to find out its actually tosh. However, Ore, when you listen to them, you actually feel them. I saw them perform with KK Null and the bass and baritone notes just reverberated around the many cavities in my body, vibrating in places I didn’t even know I had cavities!
This album, Belatedly, has a reason behind it. Originally planned as a gift to Sam Underwood’s father after his diagnosis with terminal cancer, it didn’t get finished in time, sadly. So, it was shelved for a few years, and only now to be re-imagined and finished. This backstory can’t help influencing how one listens, hears and interacts with the music. It is as doomy, and gloomy as any guitar driven DSBM , yet al we have is tuba brass and some percussion.
“Silicate” includes some low end as well as some truly beautiful, life affirming higher notes. And the fact I can hear Sam’s in breaths really make me feel he is in the room with me! “Antimony” takes you by surprise as the pleasant expanse of sound is shattered by a deep rumbling tuba, like a Tibetan horn. When Boris worked with Sunno)) on the album Altar, it opened people’s ears and minds, the next step in this aural exploration is surely Ore to cover “Turn Loose the Swans” by My Dying Bride; scrap the conventional guitars and replace with brass.
Release date: November 24, 2017
Label: Box Records
Brass bands are all the rage in Hipster London as we try and re-connect with a societal past that has been dismantled over the years. Ore, like so many other experimental acts, continue to push the boundaries as they defy genre pigeon holing and create beautiful, introspective, contemplative sounds. “Khyam” introduces some strings to the mix, yet in true Ore fashion, these are played backwards, whilst a digeridoo sounding horn transports the listener to souks, sandy deserts and bazaars. Whilst the House Band entertain Han Solo and Gredo in the space port in Star Wars, it is Ore that the young Skywalker would be digging, I am sure of that!
“Kazuyuki.” I shall not comment on this song and leave it as the surprise at the end of the album.
And be sure to follow Mr. Underwood on Twitter (@misterunderwood). Watching him with his field recordings and found sounds is an education in itself.