KTL is something of a metal/noise supergroup – a long-running collaboration between guitarist Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))) and Peter Rehberg aka Pita, founder of the venerable Editions Mego label. The two originally began working together in 2006 in order to score Gisèle Vienne's theatre piece "Kindertotenlieder", and have since worked extensively soundtracking films and performing live. They have released a stream of studio albums on Editions Mego as well as a host of live recordings on their own KTL Live Archive platform. Their most recent album, entitled (suitably in accordance with previous releases) "IV", was recorded in Tokyo by Jim O'Rourke, and is indeed the first of their works to be created purely for its own sake, without the framework of a theater or film project.
Their haunting, frozen soundscapes are more distant than the full throttle distortion of Sunn O))) and more dreamy than Rehberg's work as Pita. With long pieces regularly clocking in at well over 15 minutes, the duo are at their most haunting when unleashed during live performances.
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