Sunn O))) ‎– Monoliths & Dimensions

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1 Aghartha
Arranged By [Acoustic] – Randall Dunn, Stephen O'MalleyBass Guitar – Greg AndersonClarinet – Hans TeuberConch [Dung Chen, Conch Shell] – Steve Moore (5), Stuart DempsterConch [Shell] – Julian PriesterDouble Bass – Keith Lowe, Tim Smollens*Electric Guitar – Stephen O'MalleyElectronics [Electric Guitar Effects & Oscillator] – Oren AmbarchiEngineer – Mell Dettmer, Randall DunnEngineer [Assistant] – Floyd ReitsmaEnglish Horn – Taina KarrFrench Horn – Josiah BoothbyPerformer [Hydrophone] – Mell DettmerPiano – Eric WaltonViola – Eyvind KangViolin – Timb HarrisVoice – Attila CsiharWritten By – O'Malley/Anderson/CsiharWritten-By – Csihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
17:34
2 Big Church [megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért]
Arranged By [Choir, Brass & String] – Eyvind Kang, Jessika KenneyBells [Tubular] – Mell DettmerChoir [Alto] – Angela Kiemayer, Jutta Sierlinger, Verena BodemChoir [Soprano/alto] – Katharina Einsiedl, Loma Döring, Stephanie PfefferElectric Guitar – Dylan Carlson, Greg Anderson, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'MalleyEngineer – Armin Steiner, Dominick Hummer, Mell Dettmer, Randall DunnEngineer [Assistant] – Mark ClemSoprano Vocals [Lead], Alto Vocals [Lead] – Jessika KenneySynthesizer [Korg Ms20] – Rex RitterTrombone, Organ – Steve Moore (5)Trumpet – Cuong VuViola – Eyvind KangVoice – Attila CsiharWritten By – O'Malley/Anderson/CsiharWritten-By – Csihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
9:43
3 Hunting&Gathering (Cydonia)
Arranged By [Brass] – Steve Moore (5)Bass Drum [Concert], Percussion – Brad MowenChoir [Man] – William Herzog*, Brad Mowen, Daniel Menche, Joe PrestonElectric Guitar – Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O'MalleyElectric Guitar, Bass Guitar – Greg AndersonEngineer – Mell Dettmer, Randall DunnGong – Oren AmbarchiPerformer [Wolf Log] – Oren AmbarchiSynthesizer [Moog Voyager] – Rex RitterTambura [Electric Tamboura] – William Herzog*Trombone, Synthesizer [Korg Ms20, Roland Juno] – Steve Moore (5)Trumpet – Tony Moore (10)Voice – Attila CsiharWritten By – Anderson/O'Malley/CsiharWritten-By – Csihar*, Anderson*, O'Malley*
10:02
4 Alice
Arranged By [Ensemble] – Eyvind KangBass Guitar – Greg AndersonClarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute [Alto] – Hans TeuberDouble Bass – Keith Lowe, Moriah Neils, Tim Smollen*Electric Guitar – Stephen O'MalleyElectric Guitar, Cymbal [Motorized], Electronics [Oscillator] – Oren AmbarchiEngineer – Mell Dettmer, Randall DunnFrench Horn – Josiah BoothbyHarp – Melissa WalshOboe, English Horn – Taina KarrTrombone – Julian Priester, Steve Moore (5), Stuart DempsterViola – Eyvind KangViolin – Timb HarrisWritten By – Anderson/O'MalleyWritten-By – Anderson*, O'Malley*
16:20

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Mastered at Sinister Kitchen. Cover is Serra's "out-of-round X" (1999), and was photographed by McKeever. Choir arrangement from Big Church inspired by Dylan Carlson.

All songs mixed at London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08.
Aghartha recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.
Big Church recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Aug 08; Rochuspark, Vienna Aug 08; Aleph, Seattle, Jan 08; Forum Music Village Feb 06.
Hunting&Gathering (Cydonia) recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Nov 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.
Alice recorded: Litho, Seattle Oct 08; London Bridge, Shoreline Jan 08; Aleph, Seattle Jan 08.

Packaged in a jewel case with an extensive booklet and translucent slipcase cover.

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  • Mould SID Code: IFPI QZD1

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aquieupiano

aquieupiano

January 28, 2016
3 forgettable tracks and a textbook example on how to close an album
drillkicker

drillkicker

August 14, 2013
This is what ancient druids would be listening to if they were alive today.
itzmehall

itzmehall

May 27, 2009
edited over 8 years ago

This is the pinnacle of Sunn O))). I cannot see how they could ever top this album. It is their most imaginative, well composed, and multi-faceted work to date. The album is an ambitious amalgam of Sunn's guitar drone with chamber ensembles, choirs, and an array of guest musicians.

Each Sunn album has had a fair share of guest musicians. However, Monoliths & Dimensions is the first to utilize each musician's contribution and flawlessly infuse them to create a greater realization of each piece of music. Oren Ambarchi and Attila Csihar have been consistent members in recent years and are also credited as "key players" on the album. Csihar's contributions are stronger and more coherent than on past albums in my opinion. The lyrics are closer to traditional vocals perhaps than the chants on past albums, but still contain an atmospheric delivery. Dylan Carlson of Earth makes an appearance on the track Big Church. He even receives credit for inspiring the choir arrangement of the track. One of the most surprising appearances is by jazz trombonist Julian Priester, an alumni of Sun Ra's Arkestra, who contributes a beautiful and human sounding melody which finalizes the last moments of the album. The most noticeable contribution however, is by Eyvind Kang and his direction of the chamber ensemble players. These arrangements add the most depth to the album and coax the music into something unique.

At times, Sunn have been negatively portrayed as a band built by hype. I can't say that I am completely in love with some of their earliest releases, but they have been progressing into more creative and ambitious ventures within the last few years. As I said at the beginning, this is most likely going to be the pinnacle of the group. This is by far the most imaginative music that Sunn has released.

Even with new found diversity, the slogan still holds true... "Maximum Volume Yields Maximum Results".