Boomkat Product Review:
Very rare venture from Swedish a/v master Kent Tankred, deploying his “concresizer” image/sound mangler in properly free adventures between absorbing noise textures and expressive organ and rhythm excursions - RIYL Pan Sonic, NYZ, CC Hennix, Russell Haswell, Daphne Oram.
EMS graduate of the ‘70s, key member of The Freq_Out Orchestra and half of The Sons of God with Leif Elggren; Kent Tankred’s reputation in the Swedish underground is inversely proportionate to his sparse handful of works, best highlighted in 1995’s ‘Ordinary Things’ for Flykingen Records. ‘There Is Nothing To Attain’ is his first new release since 2010’s CDr of the same name, and supplies a 2 hour canvas ideal for exploring his wildly variegated sprawl of post-human styles, where he clearly relishes the possibility of his machines to make freaky as fuck, outlandish electronic sounds that exist in the space between music and non-music. He’s been at this since the early ‘70s and by this point you can trust that Tankred knows what he’s up to, or, then again, maybe doesn’t - as his work is full of an intuitive, inexplicable vitality that feels as ancient and primitive, as it does advanced.
Tankred’s music isn't for everyone, but for those who like to be challenged and poked, it's a vital trip. Tankred doesn't shy on the track lengths either, with most running into ten+ minutes, variously doing JCB-scale dentistry with ‘Kökkenmödding 1’ and sharply contrasting with the Hennix-meets-NYZ-alike organ vamps of ‘PSR-266’, but also reserving the right to go stringently minimal on the absorbing tracts of ‘Pulsar’ and ‘There Is Nothing To Attain 2’. His rhythmic/percussive provilicites come to life in ‘Dialog’ and there’s an unmistakeable sort of far northerly dread scope to the seething drone of ‘Obsession 2’ and to-the-bone abstraction of ‘Pots’ that surely resonates with Pan Sonic, primed for those who really like to get their ear’s teef into it and swill it around.