Boomkat Product Review:
Intimate, synaesthetic smarts from IOKOI, an MVP of -ous since her 2016 debut, here working with olfactory and visual artists in a feast for the senses and fans of avant-leaning ambient/ synth-pop artists Oï les Ox or Felicia Atkinson
Known as Mara Miccichè to Swiss/Italian taxmen, IOKOI really set the tone for -ous with her ‘Liquify’ album and its delicious artwork back in 2016 but has remained elusive ever since. She’s patently spent the time well in recording its follow-up ‘Tales of Another Felt Sense of Self’, a richly sensuous confection of amorphous vocal personas and hugely varied electronic palette prone to shape shift with an unpredictable, extra-poetic quality comparable to Oï les Ox’s wondrous debut for The Death of Rave, and the haptic intimacies of Félicia Atkinson.
In five succinct steps she wraps up the listener in tip-of-tongue tones and plasmic textures, piquant but mercurial arps and hyperreal environmental sounds, with her vocals alternating between elusive and close presence. The sound design is exquisite, each track demonstrating a fine awareness of space and texture and extra-sensory perception that teases the senses with an exceedingly careful, layered suss and sleight of hand. Of course, until “they” invent a scratch’s sniff digital format, you’ll have to imagine what olfactory artist Klara Rabat (ES/DE) puts into the project, but close immersion will surely stimulate the senses to highly unusual degrees.