TYPE069 - 2010
Re-release of an essential ambient-record from the 90's. It is with a certain amount of pride then that we can reveal this re-issue of Thomas Köner’s debut album, the first in a set of three, on vinyl for the very first time. Originally introduced to the world in 1992, ‘Nunatak’ (then named ‘Nunatak Gongamur’) was shockingly ahead of its time, and it is hard to believe that it has been out of print and difficult to obtain for so long. Koner created the album with mood in mind; he has since been described as a ‘media’ artist, and it’s easy to see why. While the music can be described as ‘dark ambient’, these soundscapes elicit a widescreen collection of images. Through careful and measured use of gongs (recorded in different rooms and underwater) as well as homemade wind instruments, Köner created an album that would become a cornerstone of the genre and part of a tryptich of records which to my mind have never been bettered. While the album is almost twenty years old at this point, it still sounds totally alien and totally unique. In these eleven brief, unnamed tracks, Köner guides us among battered lands, barren ice plains and damaged caves. Through the low-end resonance of his percussion we are dragged into a hallowed chasm of doom- laden drone. There have been many tries at this style since ‘Nunatak’ was first birthed, and many attempts to draw the genre into fresh and re-imagined territory, but few have come even close to the shadowy exclusion of Thomas Köner.