Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night
On is an American/French collaborative project by Steven Hess (percussion, prepared piano) and Sylvain Chauveau (prepared guitar, electric guitar). Steven Hess has worked with such Chicago musicians as Pan American, The Dropp Ensemble, and Greg Davis, and currently plays with postrock band Bosco & Jorge. Sylvain Chauveau has made four solo records (three for DSA, one mini-CD for Fat Cat) of sweet, short pieces for piano and strings. He has performed in Europe and the US, opening several times for Sigur Ros. He is also involved in avant rock band Arca and ambient duo Micro:mega. Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night was recorded during summer 2003, when Steven and Sylvain improvised slowly and very quietly in the silence of Acme Studio in Chicago. The three hours of tapes played by On were then sent to Norwegian producer Helge Sten (aka Deathprod) from the improv band Supersilent. In his hands, the pieces became long monochromes of distant sounds, where the instruments are transformed in layers of grey, brown and black. The result is a sombre, tense listen, with glitches, buzzes and drones rumbling softly in the distance.