Boomkat Product Review:
Fauna Mapping is the lush result of Jonny Nash and Lindsay Todd’s jollies in Bali, 2017, where they immersed themselves in the island’s gamelan music, indigenous culture and abundantly diverse natural environments.
It’s essentially the Firecracker boss and Melody As Truth storyteller’s interpretation of the term Exotica, using a blend of strategies gleaned from ambient synth music and field recording to convey a sense of space and place, and in a way saying it without saying it.
The results call to mind the synaesthetic binds of David Ventura aka Suga’s Transflora A/V project, but sans the visual part (you can fill in the gaps though), as much as K. Leimer’s c. ’81/82 output and quite obviously the Hassel, Eno and Byrne classics. However the distinction lies in Nash’s grasp of up-to-date, gaseous electronic dynamic and the unique guidance of Lindsay Todd, a renowned set of ears who takes his first ever co-production and writing credits here, lending the set a psychedelic unpredictability that you don’t usually find in Nash’s work, and which sets this slab apart from the field.