Pan Sonic
Kesto (234:48:4)


5.0
classic

Review

by Adash USER (43 Reviews)
August 17th, 2010 | 25 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Stratospheric Colossi of Sound

A 4 disc album leviathan encompassing an inconceivable myriad of sound over its mammoth
234 minute, 48 second, 4 millisecond running length.

By far the most primitive part of the album, Disc 1 is electronic music at its loudest; stormy waves of synths mercilessly crashing against the staccato drums that line the shoreline, whilst fragments of melody toss about on the primordial ocean of static. Paying homage both to their previous work and that of their aural ancestors, Pansonic thoroughly explore the dark corners of industrial whilst bringing their own unique ingredients to the mix. This is primeval sound; ancient tribal dances reborn in the dark wastes of the concrete jungle. Recalling everything from Throbbing Gristle to Blixa Bargeld's crew of soundsmiths,
yet still deservedly claiming its own place on the concrete pedestal; Disc 1 is pure, focused and crushing industrial at its finest. Raw and emotive, dark and dangerous, it is the fundament of the behemoth that is Kesto - a welcome and familiar starting point that crumbles all too soon into ruins of sound; uncharted territory where Pansonic truly come into their own.

A smorgasbord of washy synths,ambient sounds and distorted percussion, Disc 2 is a more restrained affair. The focus here is on subtlety rather than brute force, and the results are an odd mix of ambience and rhythmic energy. Slow burning synths feature prominently, hissing in a fountain of flame and light before suddenly vanishing. Microtones glimmer then fade like dying stars, briefly and agonizingly illuminating the silent blackness, whilst glitchy beats slice the soundwaves with the utmost precision, rhythmic scalpels in the dark operating theatres of sound.

Pansonic have strayed from the beaten path of industrial techno before, but the majestic climax and fade of Arktinen into Disc 3 marks the point where they finally abandon their musical maps, drop their staves and plunge wholeheartedly into the esoteric wilderness. Alien sounds lurk unseen in the mist, shattered remnants of the explosions which gave birth to the Universe. Here in the secret places of the earth, where the sine bleached bones of Nono and Varese lie, Pansonic start to dig.

Disc 4 is the zenith of the album and the lonely track, Sateily, is by far the most exquisite part of Kesto. A plethora of synths, so fragile as to be almost aurally translucent, float delicately on a slowly oscillating sinewave sea. If and when humanity evolves sufficiently to stop its banal ape like bustling and places its collective ear against the dark fabric of space, these are the sounds that will emanate from the incalculable darkness. This message is but an hour long; just as easily it could last for all infinity.
One imagines that if Pansonic had the means, they'd be more than happy to create music that would last eons, the soundtrack to the birth and death of planets and civilisations, the soundwaves dying away only when God finally decided to flick the killswitch on existence.

After all, these are composers who once spent days on end in a sealed bunker with nothing but low frequency sine waves and water to sustain them. This is a group who performed live in London in an Audio Weapons Armoured Car System; a sound system set up on an armoured vehicle used for quelling riots by blasting out frequencies harmful to humans. A band who assembled their own crushing instruments out of shattered electronics, coaxing them to whisper and scream their dark secrets to the world. Luminaries who dug deep into the ruins of aural substance itself to drag out the ancient voices that lurk around us, dissecting harmony and melody in the search for the elusive and infinite.

But when their aim is nothing less than the complete and utter annihilation of sound, what else can you expect?



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Adash
August 17th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Woop Woop

Its the sound of God

Spare
August 17th 2010


5450 Comments


too lazy won't listen

Digging: Forth Wanderers - Tough Love

Spare
August 17th 2010


5450 Comments


i might though

Adash
August 17th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

it's my duty as your musical neighbour to say:

find this fuckin album

dcha
August 17th 2010


990 Comments


I'm put off by that many tracks.

Adash
August 18th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

getting put off by that many tracks is like going to a brothel and getting put off by too many prostitutes

dcha
August 18th 2010


990 Comments


Man, are you trying to put me off? I'm flattered.

Adash
August 19th 2010


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

a really really good brothel

Spare
August 19th 2010


5450 Comments


i probably don't have enough of a download limit to download this right now but i think i'll get this next month after the 10th some time it looks really appealing

BigTuna
January 18th 2011


5161 Comments


Was this released on vinyl?

Digging: Hans Zimmer - Interstellar

Adash
January 19th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oof, the four CD's box is hench enough as it is. Can't imagine eight vinyl boxset
Even so, get this because it's god


Yotimi
May 13th 2011


6570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ok 3 discs down, one to go

Adash
May 14th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fucking sick, glad you could join us

Yotimi
May 14th 2011


6570 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Gotta admit, I thought disc 3 was a whole lot of nothing. But 1, 2, and 4 make up for it.

Adash
May 15th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hrmmm surprised you liked disc 4, took me ages to get into it. I have to say that disc 3 is the sneaky grower though.

I recommend you check out Gravitoni if you haven't, a fitting curtain call

Spare
May 15th 2011


5450 Comments


still haven't listened to this lol. can you give me a track to listen to first before i use up all my bandwidth downloading it?

Adash
May 16th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

These are random selections from Kesto that sprang to mind.

Heavy shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn4J7jaVlLo&feature=related


Chill shit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ-CqKadeP4&feature=related


If Kesto seems a bit much, then I recommend Gravitoni, only 1 disc : p



mindleviticus
June 20th 2012


8331 Comments


Haven't listened to it yet, but thanks for recommending this. Looks like a masterpiece.

Lenix
September 6th 2012


793 Comments


I should give this a listen.

Adash
September 11th 2012


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is harder to get into than Berghain, but once you do on one level it's the greatest thing ever recorded



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