Boomkat Product Review:
On his riveting 2nd album, FIS illustrates the transcendent binds between nature and technology, drawing in part upon his work as a permaculture designer in order to mirror organic environmental processes through the prism of computer music and tactile hardware.
If you’ve followed the New Zealand-rooted producer’s output to date - from his early mutations of D&B structures for Samurai Horo to the abstracted mulch of The Blue Quicksand Is Going Now for the Loopy label - you’ll recognise what we’re talking about, and find yourself absorbed into the harmonised hummus of From Patterns To Details. But if you’re scratching your head, just imagine David Attenborough, Chris Watson and Fennesz making music indebted to soil science. Yeh you’ve got it.
The album’s seven tracks course with a seemingly chaotic, naturally evolving vitality, using an unquantised palette of atomised sounds to model the processes by which nature makes the most efficient use of its surroundings, and its perennial cycle of growth and decay, in a way that we can comprehend beyond verbal communication.
Operating on a scale of micro-to-macro pattern recognition, FIS integrates the spirits of rugged landscapes with its flora and fauna in a grittily fluid sort of horizontal gene transfer between personal and external systems in a way that also reflects Elysia Crampton’s thoughts about deep time and geological history.
So you see, to properly describe From Patterns To Details is to get into the fundamental mechanics and alchemy of nature itself, and we haven’t got the degree for that (or anything else for that matter). But like any sentient being, we can instinctively feel what he’s getting at, and to put yourself thru the process of his album is enlightening in a way that defies words.