Closer Came The Light

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 Antony Harrison’s always interesting Konntinent project returns with his latest album, “Closer Came the Light,” and has plenty of surprises up his sleeve. I’ll admit that I’ve long been a fan of Harrison’s work, but after multiple listens to his latest album, I am confident that this is Konntinent’s finest work. Impressively, the majority of this record was improvised and recorded live in a single-take. When you consider the lushness of “Zentrum” or the grainy nostalgia of “Hi Res,” it’s even more impressive. Washed-out guitar passages nestle beside arpeggiated synth sequences, weaving a sparkling neon tapestry of sonic sprawl. Harrison does well to match the futurist leanings of “Closer Came the Light” with scratchy tonal warmth. Simply, this is beautiful music and there are more good things to come from Konntinent. - Brad Rose, Experimedia

Paco Sala


Over the last couple years I’ve come to greet new Digitalis vinyl editions with a fondness reserved for only a few contemporary labels. Brad Rose’s curatorial vision is always stellar, with an ear towards finding what are often somewhat disparate artists who, despite their topically quite different approaches to making music, retain certain distinctly Digitalis-like tropes and lend the label’s output the consistency and “feel” that is so often absent from prolific labels. Here we have the second outing from Antony Harrison’s Paco Sala project. While I can’t comment on the content of the original cassette, what we have on “Ro-me-ro” is a rather intoxicating and exotic blend of synth-pop and, as the press release makes note, Italo disco tropes. On several tracks, Harrison is joined by a vocalist, the mysteriously monikered Leyli, whose chanteuse-like intonations lend a distant, angelic, almost Deep House quality to the songs in which she appears. Overall, this is a fun, accessible record - sort of the type of thing 100% Silk is aiming at but, for my money, perhaps a more successful iteration. Lovely cover art too. A great edition. – Alex Cobb, Experimedia