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Artist Biography

Nazoranai is the special collaboration project of Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals & synth), Stephen O'Malley (bass guitar) & Oren Ambarchi (battery).

Keiji Haino (of Fushitsusha) is a big part of the history of the experimental music of Japan with work spanning free improvisation, rock, noise, singer-songwriter, psychedelia, minimalism and drone. Working mostly with guitar and vocals his performances are intensely cathartic sonic events.

Stephen O'Malley is the guitarist and founder of numerous seminal groups including Sunn O))), Khanate and Burning Witch.

Oren Ambarchi is a multi-instrumentalist performer working outside conventional approaches to instruments and structure. He has collaborated with the likes of Jim O'Rourke, Sunn O))), Charlemagne Palestine, John Tilbury. Notable albums employing guitar manipulations include Audience One, Suspension, and Triste.

Selected Press

Heaviness is a form of tightness, of knowing where the music is going and then driving it there, arriving just in time and with enough force to transcend the listener's expectations.

Matthew Phillips, Tiny Mix Tapes

It's art that emphasizes its own challenging stylistics over the personal encounters with the music that is necessary to true experience of art. Being avant-garde is not a goal in and of itself, but the more risks these three continue to take suggest they think otherwise.

Brice Ezell, Pop Matters