Kannon was composed in the aftershadow of Sunn O)))’s immersive collaborations with Scott Walker and Ulver, and from the broad and influential wake of Monoliths & Dimensions. It’s possibly the most figurative album Sunn O))) has created, and the most outright ‘metal’ in years. At the same time it is very close to the cyclical character of mantra into which the live in-concert band has evolved.
The literal representation of Kannon is as an aspect of Buddha: specifically ‘goddess of mercy’ or ‘Perceiving the Sounds (or Cries) of the World’. She is sometimes known as the Guanyin Bodhisattva, amongst many other forms.
The black vinyl LP is packaged in immaculate tip on gatefold sleeve by long time comrades Stoughton Printing, and pressed at Cascade in Portland, Oregon.