TYPE070 - 2010
"Originally released in 1992, ‘Teimo’ is probably the most ‘tuneful’ of Thomas Köner’s legendary triptych (Nunatak, Teimo and Permafrost). The submerged drones that became his signature are tempered slightly on this album to give a hallowed, mournful edge which has been echoed on so much of today’s darker ambient music. Indeed at times throughout this cavernous album there are hints at something orchestral in the layers of reverb and dense clouds of harrowing sound. It is hard to believe that Köner pieced this record together using recordings of gongs – close mic’ed to reveal their subtle overtones and resonance. At times the resulting sound is so gloriously alien and so synthetic that you would be forgiven for thinking it is a trick of synthesis, but the textures are always organic. ‘Teimo’ is music which like its companion pieces inspires a rich, visual world; and if ‘Nunatak’ suggested human ice exploration then this record is set somewhere deep, deep underwater. The low-end resonance which was later co-opted by so many drone and dark ambient practitioners places us on the sea bed, muffled and disorientated as sounds bubble and wash overheard. The distant sounds are almost dreamlike, yet through the water cracks of light and solace appear in the powerful harmonic elements. "