Though known for his freewheeling ability to leap between seemingly incongruous musical genres , Jim O'Rourke's heart has always been with the avant garde.
Though known for his freewheeling ability to leap between seemingly incongruous musical genres, Jim O’Rourke’s heart has always been with the avant garde. His early years as a music student at DePaul University were defined by an immersion into the most abstract pockets of improvised guitar, where he gained an intimate appreciation for Derek Bailey’s deconstructionalist oeuvre. “Mimidokodesuka” is a return to the sort of free, relentlessly atonal improvisation that Bailey and his original combo, the Joseph Holbrooke Trio, pioneered in the 1960s. Of course, Osorezan (O’Rourke, drummer Chris Corsano, contrabassist Darin Gray) sound far more modern and punk-influenced than the chaotic, almost-jazz of the Holbrooke Trio, but there is a sensitivity between the players and an emphasis on dynamics that is evidence of a shared school of thought.“Mimidokodesuka” consists of three extended pieces recorded during the group’s 2005 residency at the Pit Inn in Tokyo. “Form of a collapse if a collapse should occur” opens the album with an escalating guitar drone buried amid Corsano’s cacophony of chimes and hand percussion. Squalls of dissonance are injected throughout the drone as the group carefully builds its crescendo, which suddenly gives way to O’Rourke’s tightly spun guitar soloing. The rhythm section falls out and O’Rourke is left suspended and alone, alternating between delicate harmonics. Without warning he is rejoined by his band members, Corsano beating wildly at his kit and Gray plucking out feverish bass lines. The other two pieces, “All We Know So Far” and “In Adittion” are equally focused on dynamics, but are far more abrasive and noise-based. “Mimidokodesuka” provides an easy way for newer O’Rourke converts, especially fans of his recent collaborations with Jeff Tweedy in Loose Fur and Wilco, to get acquainted with his experimental stylistic roots.