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thomas koner - Teimo (Special Vinyl Edition)
*THE SECOND OF THREE INCREDIBLE VINYL REISSUES FROM THOMAS KONER - STRICTLY LIMITED COPIES* Type Records invite us to marvel at the gloomscapes of Thomas Köner again with the first ever vinyl pressing of his '92 album, 'Teimo'. It's the second in a triptych of Köner's earliest work, following the glacial resonance of 'Nunatak' and preceding the static drones of 'Permafrost'. For many, this album is the most tuneful of the three, written with a harrowing harmonic narrative evoking near pitch black imagery of submerged sound as heard by an arctic diver encapsulated in a diving bell fathoms below the surface in extreme northerly latitudes. Most remarkably, Köner sourced the cavernous sounds here from recordings of gongs, precisely captured with contact microphones underwater in order to manipulate the illusory physicality of their ultra-subtle yet dense waveforms for sublimely hallucinatory effect. Crucially, this is not a trick of synthesis, each sound was borne from an organic source and layered, tempered and manipulated into droning clouds of intangible darkness, tones which stimulate the ear to elicit nervous responses to their near-ultrasonic presence, perpetually leaving the listener in state of rapt stasis, fighting the bodies own uncomfortable confusion between fright and flight. It's almost like waking up with sleep paralysis on the sea floor while an ancient congregation of sea creatures meditate in infrasonic tones just beyond full audition. These frequencies and textures are elemental to their subharmonic core, rendered in vivid slow-motion to create a life-affirming yet alien experience you simply cannot forget. Do not miss.