Boomkat Product Review:
Esteemed dark ambient pioneer Thomas Köner casts a beautifully sombre solo piano shadow with the 68-minute piece, 'Tiento de las Nieves' for Denovali Records. Whilst he's previously used the piano as an indistinct element within his widescreen scapes, here it's the main focus, sustaining super sparse, plangent notes which radiate out across the soundsphere with longing decay until they fade, freezing and slowly thawing in a sequence of deep blue moments bridged by stratospheric, slowly expanding pads. Once rested to the piece's meter, it's easy to let go and imagine yourself as Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian explorer whose expeditions are a lasting influence on Köner's work, trekking for months across endless white space cloaked in waves of rolling fog, albeit from the comfort of your own home. What a treat.