One giant forty-five plus minute track of abstraction, “Ov” is an exercise in the exploration of repetitive musical sequences designed to give the listener insight as to the possibilities of music without rules, predetermined form or stereotypical structure.
The brainchild of guitarist Mick Barr and Drummer Josh Blair, Orthrelm at times sounds like a skipping CD as the duo ride out existential musical equations to their furthest limits, but if one listens closely, you’ll be able to pick out distinct nuances that embellish this bizarre experiment with slight flavors that you might not hear at first listen.
In order to pull off the immense repetitive sequences on this record, it must have taken firstly, an intense amount of physical dexterity and endurance and secondly, an extreme passion to discover what could be made of music without limitation. A winding, drawn out exemplification of creativity, this record will most certainly be dismissed as complete and utter noise by your parents, but in it’s almost absurd repetition, one will find that upon careful attention, this is an amazing bundle of noise which is quite unlike any other.
An awkward yet intriguing hullabaloo, “Ov” is a sonic testament to the unusual like none other you have ever heard.