Boomkat Product Review:
Mesmerising gamelan and synth works from Glasgow’s Komodo Kolektif - a group of well studied, veteran multi-instrumentalists who have been compared with Psychick Warriors Of Gaia, Cyclobe and Insanlar’s Kime Ne.
Using saron, gender, and kempul gongs loaned from Glasgow’s Gamelan Naga Mas ensemble - which includes two members of KK in its number - Sumantras radiates three finely structured and expansive parts, including two which were recorded live in 2015/16 and edited/overdubbed in late 2016/2017, and one, Binaural Bintaro that documents the Kolektif at their magick and intuitive realest.
The vibe is all about a sublime, unbroken but modulated tension, scooping us up in the LFO-swept oscillators and distant, pointillist patter of Night Of The Leyak to pinpoint a pineal incision that rises up the nose like incense and hits between the eyes with psychotropic vision. As one of the two edited and overdubbed pieces, Night Of The Leyak therefore finds a subtle contrast in the entirely live recording of Binaural Bintaro that follows, documenting Kolektif summoning an earthly deep swell of synths and panned call-and-response gamelan which utterly dangles us by a silver thread, involuntarily eyes rolling back of head and helplessly swaying under their control. Seriously, bet these guys could wean us off the tabs if they wanted to. And that’s all pretty much preparation for the epic B-side, Djakarta, where they bring in Jon Keliehor on percussion to harness and drive its wending microtonal contours and wormholes into a recursive whorl of kosmiche psych dub.