Sunn O)))’s Kannon Reviewed in Detail

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The new Sunn O))) album, Kannon, comes on the heels of two major collaborations—Soused, with vocalist and sonic explorer Scott Walker, and Terrestrials, with the impossible-to-pigeonhole Norwegian group Ulver. Each of these projects allowed Sunn O)))‘s main creative partners, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley, to reveal additional facets of the sonic edifice they’ve been constructing together for over 15 years. But it would be difficult to point to anything on either of those CDs that directly influenced, or anticipated, the music on Kannon, which is simultaneously an evolution of the Sunn O))) sound and a return to older forms.