Solo Double Bass cassette released on SLIP imprint in 2015.
Featured in the top 20 cassettes of 2015 in The Quietus.
Review from Tristan Bath:
We may have to reassess the term ‘bass music’. Coming via the Berlin-/London-based Slip imprint, these two tapes capture wildly opposing approaches to the stubbornly unexplored soundscapes of the stringed bass instrument, and the results are pretty stunning. Manchester-based Otto Willberg (who plays bass in explosive free-rock outfit Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura) reaches for double bass with something resembling actual spite for the traditional approach. Willberg attacks the his instrument with earsplitting bow scrapes right from the start of Got Gills?, going on to run through a stunning array of techniques and themes over nine tracks of ‘no amps, no overdubs’ improvisation. The manic strums and plucks on ‘1.10’ and ‘4.4’ seem to almost mutate the bass strings right out of shape, melting them into a stretchy spaghettified mess, while the droning arco tones of ‘3.2’ come across as practically gorgeous in comparison. ‘4.4’ gets so manic in its final moments that Willberg even starts groaning and moaning like something unholy. The tape closes with ‘2.1’ - five minutes of shuddering repetitions on a mere handful of notes - and it’s a startling pretty moment of minimal beauty at the tail end of such free form chaos.