Boomkat Product Review:
Ascetic House’s rash of IDM-electronica vinyl releases continues apace with Glochids’ Na Fila, a melancholy and wistful suite presented as a sort of intricate acousmatic ecosystem whose semi-natural complexity holds a fine perceptive line between randomness and logic.
At the core of the the LP’s concept is the canny idea that “Diversity strengthens; confusion instructs”, which plays out through a strategy of patchwork electronics, field recordings, acoustic and midi percussion which froth in and around the sound field, with far flung cultural signifiers effectively shorn of their moorings and percolated around the same space in an upending of usual hierarchies.
Key to making this all work is the aching sound sensitivity of Arizona-raised, Oakland-based James Roemer aka Glochids, who channels a wealth of material whittled down in live performance into each piece. This material is then subtly repatched into In Fila’s imaginary ecosystems, which like nature itself, are variegated between bucolic and pastoral rhythmelodic shapes recalling the early, systems-based new age ambient of K. Leimer and Marc Berreca, thru to quietly tempestuous and even hypnotically gritty texturhythms at other times recalling Bellows or Basic House.