Boomkat Product Review:
Harmonious Thelonious is an alter ego of the prolific Stefan Schwander aka Antonelli Electr, Rhythm Maker and Repeat Orchestra. Following two under-the-radar 12"s for Dreck and Diskant he's bloomed his Afro-infatuated Harmonious Thelonious project into a full blown album, brimming with dense and noisy electro textures and sumptuous rhythmic syncopation. It essentially imagines what Konono No.1 could sound like if they were a studio project from Düsseldorf, borrowing heavily from the lilting timbre of their likembe melodies and bolstering them with ruffly scrawled effects and augmented with a steadier, techno compatible propulsion. As the title infers 'Entranced' is an hypnotic display of slipping loops and bustling, frictional textures creating a undeniably kinetic charge akin to The Field jamming Kasai Allstars, while 'Tautological Speakers' bristles with distorted electronics and gorgeously glassy tones over shuffling machine beats from Jamal Moss's most battered Rolands. The four tracks from his Diskant 12" also make an appearance, including the awesome 'Primitive, Persuasive, Provocative Percussion' which almost sounds like Female going full tilt for a Congolese ceremonial ritual. Rugged, raw and heavy stuff, just how we like it.