As Southern Lord prepares for the official release of SUNN O)))’s Kannon full-length this Friday, an exclusive early stream of the album is now playing to fans at Rolling Stone Magazine, alongside interviews with the band’s core architects, Greg Anderson and Stephen O’Malley. In addition, an entire live set filmed in Berlin this Summer has also been posted through Boiler Room TV.
Kannon was given a limited white vinyl Record Store Day release last Friday, but will see official worldwided release on gatefold LP, CD and digital formats this Friday, December 4th. Order the album directly via the SUNN O))) store HERE, the Southern Lord store HERE, and Bandcamp HERE.
Following an immense set at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, Netherlands at an event curated by the band, SUNN O))) will embark on a series of tour dates in Australia this March. For these three special shows, the band will perform on March 12th at Adelaide Festival with Magma and many more, followed by two Life Is Noise shows on March 15th and 16th in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. Stand by for many more widespread 2016 live actions from the collective to be released in the near future.
Consisting of three self-titled pieces of a triadic whole, the roots to SUNN O)))’s new album trace deeply into the sessions of their 2009-released Monoliths & Dimensions LP and very recent collaborative recordings with Ulver (Terrestrials, 2014) and Scott Walker (Soused, 2015), culminated and fully realized this year. Recorded and mixed with SUNN O)))’s close colleague and co-producer Randall Dunn at Studio Litho, Aleph and Avast!, Kannon is as always composed around the immense guitar and bass interplay of founders Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, and includes performances by long term allies and collaborators Attila Csihar, Oren Ambarchi, Rex Ritter, Steve Moore and others. The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: commonly known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva (Chinese: 觀音菩薩) amongst a plurality of other forms. There is a rich lineage behind this idea tracing back through many Asian belief systems, with as many names and cultural personifications of the idea.