Boomkat Product Review:
Dominick Fernow’s RSE locks its attention to “the bloodshed and blind economics of the (panama) canal… and its consequences and absurdity, then and now” in one of the project’s finest dispatches since the early days
With uncanny effect the music evokes its subject with soberly transfixing sound design, explicitly taking cues from Basic Channel’s hypnotic bass undulations to underline and power a series of rotting electro-acoustic soundspheres, never quite fully letting on, but bringing the sense of trudging linearity and humid menace thru suggestive inference.
Thru his combination of richly evocative titles and reserved sound design he prompts rather than tells, always leaving lots to the imagination. In ‘Hunting Down Individual Mosquitoes’ he evokes the feeling of a Predator-like character poised and patiently waiting for Schwarzenegger and co, with tense, lurkign pads offset by natural bird calls - half sleepy, half acutely focussed - before ‘Isthmus Dark Arts (Electricity Arcs Through Rain)’ brings nightfall with screeching parakeets and booming heartbeat. ‘Demons Tour The Canal’ then finds the perfect tension between blissed synths and distant, warning rhythms, priming for the extended isolation of ‘The Mountain Didn’t Want’ in two parts.