Boomkat Product Review:
N.M.O.’s Rubén Patiño aka Lag OS cultivates dreamlike imaginary landscapes with a fine grasp of the weird and wonderful uncanny valley of computer music.
Surely the first ever release to come with its own “survival pack” (a camouflage jacket-cum-tent, glowstick and waterpack) - but sadly not on this download edition - ‘Natura Occulta’ investigates a form of synthetic simulacra thru Patiño’s use of computer music to describe wetland environments. His imaginary wetlands act as a metaphor for “the eerie, the amorphous, and the unknown”, probing the subconscious and evoking a spectrum of synaesthetic sensations by textural inference and unheimlich sound design.
The results resemble slimy organisms in a humid ecology of grey/green goop riddled with mycelia, evoking virtual realities where one can almost taste the deciduous petrichor of mulched matter and that strange faint whiff of burned DMT that one sometimes gets from a random bush or cut grass. It starts out musical with legible carillon cadence of ‘Liquid bells’ but proceeds to get much, much more elusive, but equally evocative of stranger spaces, as the tracks gets longer, freakier, misshapen, and mercurial. It gets a bit like dancing to architecture at this point, but safe to say hat fans of EVOL or Rashad Becker’s sound sensitive approach and animist manifestation of electronic music will absolutely be in their element here.