Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar translates to “We Are All Slaves Under God.” Depending on how you look at that, that can be a good or a bad thing. Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving, etc.) and Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, etc.) joined forces to create this harsh and trying noise/drone record. The two, however, have been in leagues with each other in some shape or form for over a decade now. This apparently was recorded over the course of two nights at Otoroku‘s Café OTO as a part of Mats’ and Thurston’s residency and this record makes it the label’s seventh release. Fun fact: Oto means “sound or noise” and roku means “to record.” Otoroku solely exists to archive releases from Café OTO in the form of limited vinyl, CD and more mediums.

In the first part of Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar, you can a really snotty sounding soprano saxophone amidst the guitar drones Thurston’s churning out. In the second part, the saxophone is a bit more clear but it’s in a seizure-like state bouncing all over the place with its blaring staccato notes. In a sense, it’s almost anger-inducing (in a good way) with how much Mats is relentlessly firing air in to the reed – there’s no rhyme or reason to the noise. The second part really reminds me of A.M.’s “Fake Union of Uplifted Charlatans” off of Dragonfly which I wrote about last year (click this sentence if you’re interested in that). Nevertheless, just take it all in. Check out both parts to Vi Är All Guds Slavar below via the YouTube videos and see what you think of it. I’ve also put an interview with Mats and Thurston down below as well.

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The Details

Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar is the latest missive from the long-running duo pairing of Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, etc.) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving, Dream/Aktion Unit, etc.). The recordings presented here are continuous excerpts taken from the heavyweight, high-volume duo sets that topped off each night of their two-day residency at Café OTO in September 2012. Mats mostly plays a selection of amplified table-top electronics as well as some knotty soprano saxophone at the beginning of the second side, while Thurston offers a fine example of the kind of liminal intensity he is capable of generating from his guitar, complete with the lowfrequency/octave-doubling dive-bombs that have had us replace the speakers in our Fender Twin twice since he relocated to London in 2013. The title Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar translates as "We Are All Slaves Under God," and is taken from the painting by Edward Jarvis that also serves as the three-color screenprint for the LP sleeve. Printing by Patrick Wells at Heavyrock on archival quality card stock. Mixed by Robert Harder. Mastered by Andreas "Lupo" Lubich at Calyx.

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