Album of the Week: Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin | Ghosted

The groove. Sometimes its all I want, all I need.

Multi-instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi playing guitar here while never really sounding like it, bassist Johan Berthling, and drummer Andreas Werliin got together in late 2018 at Stockholm’s Studio Rymden and made this record. Berthling’s bass sounds like the lead in some ways, laying down the foundation upon which Ambarchi and Werliin weave structures in air, with all three taking turns moving in and out of the groove.

This is stripped down stuff, spare yet the seemingly simple confounds with layer after layer of shared exploration methodically digging into the deep end of the groove. Time shifting shimmering.

These musicians have been playing together for decades and it shows. It shows in the seamless weave of thoughts and ideas wrapped like twining vines around a central purpose. Like nearly all of the music I fall for, Ghosted, released on Drag City Records last month, is meant to be listened to straight through in one distraction-less sitting if you want to reap its full rewards.

Take the shot.