SPEECH FROM THE SHADOWS
CD: Eibon Records KON061 
Speech From The Shadows
meeting of minds that has produced an dark ambient masterpiece. That was
my gut feeling after hearing this debut by Konau. The more I heard it
the more that feeling of mine was proved correct. Konau is the combined
talents of Subinterior and members from New Risen Throne. Although New
Risen Throne, whose recordings I have in my collection, haven’t
appeared in AP for review (if you don’t send them in they can’t
be written up) Subinterior did enjoy a good review from yours truly so
I know what I’m talking about. Which makes a change I suppose. Eibon
Records also know a good thing when they hear it which is why they’ve
had the sense to put this release out. The recordings I get from this
label get my respect for their quality every time.
"Speech from the shadows" is six tracks lasting just under 52
minutes of the darkest of dark music. The haunting refrain of twisted
shadows and cold dank cellars. Of water slowly dripping into murky pools
reflected in the moonlight. A claustrophobic virtual musical extravaganza
where candle lights flicker and small whips of smoke rise to the ceiling.
Reverberating layered alien sounds punctuate the air as an all encompassing
presence makes itself felt. Traversing down long deserted corridors to
the sounds of monks chanting in the distance whilst something evil follows
closely behind. Abandoned and forgotten about. A traveller lost in time
and space. Ancient relics of the past finally uncovered by the elements.
Voices not of this earth calling from a distance. Dead men walking. Lost
souls haunting their surroundings. Disembodied voices and distant rumbles
punctuate the fetid air. The absolute meaning of darkness worn like a
mask of despair suffocating the wearer. Intimidati ng ethereal atmospheres
run amok with gleeful abandon. The fertile imaginations of those who hear
this will see their own visions that these tracks invoke.
Which is why this genre of music so inspires. It develops a unique picture
to each individual who comes into contact with it. No two people will
conjure up the same references as they bathe in the glorious sounds. Heard
in the bright light of day is a totally different experience from hearing
it sat in the pitch black through a set of headphones. There are of course
many such recordings that have the same effect and this release by Konau
joins that illustrious list. A serious contender for one of the records
of the year… and its only April!! A must have for all you black
hearts out there and a timeless classic which will take some surpassing.