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konntinent - Opal Island
Konntinet is the moniker adopted by Anthony Harrison, previously seen on labels like Symbolic Interaction and Dynamophone Records. This Home Normal release is surely his highest profile work to date however, notably aided by a Taylor Deupree mastering job. In fact, much of the material on Opal Island wouldn't sound too out of place on 12k, although the release strays beyond the parameters of archetypal microsound-based material when Harrison's guitar gets involved. In these moments the album shifts over into a more post-rock styled mode that's perhaps comparable to some of Mark Nelson's Pan American material (listen to the delicate, downbeat tones of 'Frost Fair', for instance). Glitchy micro-rhythms add plenty of texture and rhythmic presence to Harrison's processed ambiences - something that works especially well during 'Dry Eyed', featuring singer Lisa Madisson. Guitars and vocals are sliced into with a digital scalpel, leaving what sounds a little like a chewed-up and dissolved version of a Beth Orton song. Full-blooded beats make an appearance on the record too, with '44 55 33' offering a kick drum backbone while various treated field recordings and blurry guitars slide around in a bath of reverb. For the most part though, any rhythmic elements are confined to irregular loop structures, or occasionally, surges in amp hiss that have been sculpted into percussion, and the record tends to function on a fairly abstract level - albeit one that retains a sense of song-craft and comes with a heavy dose of atmospheric wistfulness.