Boomkat Product Review:
Totally enchanting 4th World drift suite from veteran composer/percussionist for theatre and contemporary dance, Jon Keliehor, following his parts in Komodo Kolektif and a split LP with Lord Of The Isles in recent years, and adding to a catalogue that reaches back to the ‘60s
Issued by Invisible Inc. from his adopted native city Glasgow, the American artist supplies a new age/4th world style in the manner of someone who’s been there, drank that, smoked that, and made this kind of esoteric art for the better part of a century.
Lushly terra forming somewhere between Jon Hassell and the rustling 4th world undergrowth explored by the Chi Factory and the Japanese environmental music of Satoshi Ashikawa, ‘Fables of Forests and Light’ imagines a carefully low key and slow moving music animated by the gentle chaos of natural sounds such as insects, birds and humid weather systems.
However, all may not be as it seems, as the natural sounds are possibly a result of Jon’s deft grasp of synthesis. His sound sensitivity towards the devil in the detail allows him to closely emulate the real things and it becomes very slightly unsettling to immerse in this world where the birds sound subtly electronic and rain appears to fall like melted diamonds littering an imagined jungle floor. Within this exquisite mise-en-scene, he threads the tenderest synth and instrumental motifs with a jazz wise sleight of hand that absorbs influence from all corners of gamelan, Pygmy music, and jaws harp twangs to form an intoxicatingly psychedelic whole.
We reckon this album will really light up the pleasure centres of even the hardest to please 4th World lovers. Don’t sleep!