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Now I don't know shit about this guy, my landlord rang me up to ask if I knew where he could get a copy from, so I read up a bit about this release and was fully intrigued to the max. This is the first in a triptych of seminal "dark ambient" albums, this particular title originally on CD only from 1992. His sinister deployment of gongs and wind instruments helps create an ominous booming atmo ...

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Nunatak/Teimo/Permafrost by Thomas Koner
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 12 August 2010

Now I don't know shit about this guy, my landlord rang me up to ask if I knew where he could get a copy from, so I read up a bit about this release and was fully intrigued to the max. This is the first in a triptych of seminal "dark ambient" albums, this particular title originally on CD only from 1992. His sinister deployment of gongs and wind instruments helps create an ominous booming atmosphere, an incredibly malevolent, portentous sound that conjures up thoughts of traipsing across a lonely Arctic Tundra, at dusk, knowing you could be ripped apart by a starving wooly rabid mammoth style creature at any given moment. So it works more like a powerful moody soundtrack, taking you into the perilous icy vortices & chasms of your mind whilst concurrently providing you with a strange form of comfort & relief. The frequencies you get on this vinyl pressing are quite unnerving, especially in amongst the quieter, sparse passages, reminding us of some deep electronic whale music - this record totally breathes life man! i'm taking 'Nunatak' home tonight to test in my own more peaceful surroundings because the click, clunk, rattle, scrunch & clatter of this office is not the sensory embellishment I want right now..... - Brian on Nunatak

Despite being a big fan of Porter Ricks, Thomas Koner's solo stuff has escaped my ears until now. Following Nunatak, this is the second part of his 'trilogy' from the early 90s to be lovingly reissued by Type. Although ostensibly you're in a completely different ballpark with this immense slab of droney dark ambience to the dub techno of his later partnership, it's not hard to see the roots of what would follow in the dense atmospherics, sheer surfaces and bowel-troubling bass frequencies that he demonstrates to fairly stunning effect. I'm getting a feeling like I've been chucked into some rickety old submersible and I'm poking around the darkest, most mysterious depths of the ocean and if it's managing to do take me on that sort of a journey while I'm sat in here listening to someone sorting out a return for some damaged records then god knows where I'll be once I'm listening to it at home, giving it my full attention. Different class, like. - Brett on Teimo

So the third part of the Thomas Koner reissue trilogy has arrived preceding a triple CD set which will be well worth a punt. This is proper isolationist ambient. Vast, icy, cold, windswept arctic landscapes are the order of the day. I can imagine being stranded in an endless white wilderness while on an expedition to the North Pole. It's powerful ambient music that's a fine continuation of the previous two records. Koner is truly a visionary artist and this stuff ranks highly in his body of work. I think is is the ambient music that Santa Claus listens to. - Ant on Permafrost


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