Boomkat Product Review:
Remarkable album of traditional Guzheng and Gamelan augmented by colossal subs and chiming synth pulses providing a kind of Fourth World vision unlike any other we’ve heard; soothing but visceral, meditative but underpinned by raging bass dynamics.
Inspired by Eastern Philosophy and slated to be the first in an 8 album series exploring all the symbols of the I Ching, Fortune's music is described by the label as loosely fitting in with Fourth World concepts as imagined by Jon Hassell, meshing tradition with lustrous tones from a Synthi AKS that provides an incredible sub-bass throb that runs through the record.
As opposed to so many Ambient albums riding revivalist waves right now, Fortune seems aware of a basic truth that sound rarely works in one dimension and instead juxtaposes elements in a way that seems expansive and new, almost revolutionary - an exercise in contemplation that isn’t afraid of baring it’s teeth.
Tao Of I a singular record, measured with a poise and patience that’s utterly arresting in its sound sensitivity, drawing on a history of arcane, intramural energies and channelling a mystic, ambiguous instrumental voice. It's completely enchanted, enchanting music.