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- Opal Island by Konntinent
9/10 Phil Staff review, 14 January 2010I can never spell Konntinent right. I always do too many N's or not enough N's or occasionally throw an extra T at things to see if that works. It doesn't though. Well here's their brand new 2nd album proper (after their debut Norman Records album of the week on Symbolic Interaction) 'Opal Island' on the excellent Home Normal label. It's mastered by 12K lord Taylor Deupree and it features cover art photography by Ian Hawgood (who runs the label if you didn't know). So there's your facts...What's the music like? It's excellent. That' what it is. There's lots of glitchy weird electronics in the background ala Raster Noton or something. The electronics are very clean and precise in fact.... smothering that there's some meandering guitar somewhere in between Godspeed and July Skies. It's very sparse emotive music which will appeal to fans of Make Mine Music and the like. It's part neo classical, part experimental electronics, part pastoral, part drone, part ambient, part post rock.... loads of different elements carefully crafted together to make a surprisingly coherent album given the amount of influences and styles on board. Really excellent stuff and heartily recommended by me!!
8/10 Jean-Pierre Customer review,
Happy indeed! First to listen to a new Konntinent cd, then to hear that this one seems more coherent. Still a bit depressive but not oppressive, enigmatic but far from insignificant, and always rewarding. 'Opal Island' smoothly drifts on and on.
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