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Boomkat Product Review:
Thomas Köner's eighth dark ambient tome was originally released in 2002, and is now pressed on vinyl for the first time, including a 12 minute bonus track.
Sporting a title that means "coldest" in Japanese, 'Daikan' is almost an hour long and plumbs the depths of what might be best understood as dark ambient and into electro-acoustic atmospheres that are filled with dread. Like his legendary trilogy of albums - "Nunatak", "Tiemo", "Permafrost" - 'Daikan' sounds as if it's been made with gongs recorded at the bottom of the ocean, with resonant tones that feel ancient. There's a Lovecraftian intensity to this one in particular that would send shivers down the spine if it wasn't so well engineered - if anything, the bass tones lift 'Daikan' into another territory entirely, a precursor for later material from artists like Lawrence English and Ben Frost.
Bonus track 'Banlieue Du Vide' comes from a video installation Köner presented in 2013 at Paris's Musée national d'art moderne. And while it's not as weighty or grim as 'Daikan' (it's got more in common with 2009's "La Barça"), the track's fusion of iced winds and pitch-black tones evokes a similar ancient, impressive tundra.