Konntinent ~ Kiruna

a closer listen

Named after the northern-most Swedish city, Kiruna is moody, atmospheric electronica and although many of the tracks are beatless, it’s assuredly not passive ambient music. It’s less chill-out and more like a blast of frozen air from the northern wastes, carrying the voices of trolls on the wind. Perhaps a release date earlier in the year would have been more suitable as it’s currently being listened to in the ACL offices during an unseasonal spike in the temperature; however, such is the power of persuasion in the music that it feels like the room has dropped a few degrees.

Indeed the album as a whole is full of extended explorations into the strength of subliminal suggestion within music. When it’s not chilly, it’s spooky, as if Antony Harrison (for he is Konntinent) composed this cut-off from civilisation and daylight, in a paranoid frame of mind when any creak or…

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