Boomkat Product Review:
Originally released in 1997 as part of the Driftworks boxset (which also featured works by Paul Schutze, Nijiumu, Pauline Oliveros and Randy Raine-Reusch), Nuuk - named after Greenland's capital city - was later reissued via Mille Plateaux in a 2004 edition which included a DVD of frost-bitten imagery to correspond with the music. Now available digitally (audio-only, of course), Nuuk harks back to Thomas Koner's arctically-inclined early work. This was the ambient legend's fifth full-length release and it remains one of his most powerful and unyieldingly immersive contributions to the field of ambient music. By comparison to the similarly themed Permafrost, Nuuk ranks as a more accommodating listen, bringing the added depth of soft, snowy mid-frequencies and more discernible field recordings into play. It wouldn't be too wide of the mark to think of Nuuk as being like a Gas album deprived of sunlight for six months out of the year - there's a definite sense of monochromatic gloom hanging over these seven pieces, but as is so key to Koner's music, any sense of pervading bleakness is complicated by the fact that his soundscapes are just so unremittingly beautiful.