Format: CD-EP in 10" cardboard package
Playing time: 21:00
Release date: April 2003
As it has already been for some of his previous releases, the making of "Nona" was disturbed by unexpected events. The first version of this work was lost forever when the master tape got damaged and became unusable. New recordings were taken but technical troubles kept on delaying the mixing... Was it worth the waiting? We would say so.
"Nona" takes inspiration from a case of xenoglossy (the ability to speak in an unlearned and unheard foreign language, often associated with past-life recall, states of trance or hypnosis and mediumship) discovered in Great Britain around the early Thirties when a woman in state of trance expressed herself in a language which was recognized as ancient egyptian. This voice from the past was called "Nona" or "The One Without a Name".
The music has obviously much in common with Amon's previous releases, but according to the need of a change expressed by the author, it introduces new elements and could be easily filed both under Dark Ambient and Avantgarde. The Amon sounds palette was never so rich in the past, and despite this fact the final result appears like it was stripped down to the essential while surprisingly retaining its thickness.
"Nona" is available in two different versions: a CD-EP and a 300 copies limited edition 10" vinyl. The CD-EP contains one 21 minutes long track while the 10" vinyl has about 14 minutes of music on each side. Both the formats include exclusive material and slighlty different versions of certain tracks.
Philippe Blache / Prog Archives, January 2009
Nona features a primal-creepy electronic dronescape that seems to rise from a strange-dangerous alien planet. This album is extremely doom, cavernous playing with long abstract resonances and low frequencies. "Nona" could be a magnificant soundtrack for foundfootage “abstract” art cinema. Heavily austere moving drone tapestries metaphorically inaugurate the meeting between the elements of macrocosm and the embryonic cellules of microcosm. This blackened “chaos-mic” electronic album contains Amon's all time sound signature but push the atmospheres to the extreme limits of blackened textural frequencies. Only the last part of the album features more detached, transparant, unearthy ambient electronic waves that rise from an agonising-isolationist background. An other cerebral and physical experience throw burgeonning and eternal drone rituals. Not so easy. Otherwise you need this one if you are already a fan of primordial “dronemusik”.