Voices Of Kwahn are American vocalist (and performance artist)
Anna Homler and
multi-instrumentalist Mark "Pylon King" Davies.
The single Colonist Dreamer introduced their
elegant fusion of quirky vocals and electronic/ethnic ambience.
Originally, on Rebirth (Max-Bilt, 1993), a double CD that combined a
previous EP and a previous LP, Nigel Butler was the keyboardist
and the sound was a light patina of samples, dance beats, dub reverbs and
Homler's contribution is minimal, despite composing
Third Whale Trip, Rebirth
Ya Yae Ya Yo Yo Yo and the 20-minute two-part Return Journey.
The other three tracks were long ambient electronic dance jams:
The Enlightenment and especially the 21-minute
By the time Silver Bowl Transmission (North South, 1996) was recorded,
Butler had left, Davies had absorbed ethnic influences and Homler's vocals had
become a staple of their dance/trance format:
the 12-minute Silver Bowl and a quartet
of nine--ten minute jams (The Great Call,
Spirit and the Signal,
Peninsular Enclosure (Swarffinger, 1997) is less ethereal and, at times,
Heavy on the samples and the percussions, the songs nonetheless marked a
return to a more conventional format
The Cabinet). Notable is the 16-minute Eclipsed.
Operation Dismantled Sun (Swarffinger, 1998)
presented yet another version of Voices Of Kwahn, one that left behind
the ambient/new age leanings of the early albums (and Homler's vocals)
and favored a harder, harsher, haunting approach.
The most ambitious track was the
the 15-minute Dismantled Son.
Gonk is the project of Mark Davies and Nigel Smith. They debuted with
Will/Will Not Attend (Swarf).
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