Boomkat Product Review:
Discrepant boss Gonçalo F. Cardoso is back again with a third (and maybe last?) Prophetas album. Top shelf material: a vapordrone slush that's inspired by VHS B-movies, late night cable and abandoned malls. RIYL Spencer Clark, Dolphins Into the Future, Bee Mask.
Following 2020's Sucata Tapes-released "Reveal, Accept, Remember, Forget" and "Maury Island Reverie" comes the fuzzy finale of Cardoso's Prophetas triptych, a data-overloaded channel surfing fever dream that's less loss future than it is forgotten past. "Nested Russian Dolls of Paranoia" is Cardoso's attempt to view the present through a more innocent lens, and while it was penned before the COVID-19 outbreak, it was still an attempt to reconcile contemporary consumerism with memories of a very different past. Like the mid-'00s wave of US basement dwellers like The Skaters and Emeralds, Cardoso fixates on mall culture, grubby straight-to-video movies and cable TV jingles, using cheap synths and evocative vocal snippets to create long-form patchworks of absurd sonix.
Unlike the music it's directly referencing, "Nested Russian Dolls of Paranoia" sounds as if Cardoso is also dragging in plenty of inspiration from vintage easy listening and warped dollar bin tropical records. His wonked soundscapes on opening side 'Utopia Heights' inevitably bash into surrealist modes, before channel hopping to sublime ambience, acidic field recordings or wildlife documentary ambience. A psychotropic mixtape that sounds like it's screaming out for a visual accompaniment - this one's an essential purchase for any vaporwave survivors or early Ferraro fetishists.