Boomkat Product Review:
Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement is Dominick Fernow's most quietly intriguing alter ego. This immersive boxset commits a comprehensive survey of his sprawling output under this moniker from its inception in 2011 until 2013 which paved the way to the deforestation of Green Graves last year, effectively forming a proper grimoir of its accursed output for the first time, remastered by Paul Corley (Ben Frost, 0PN, Colin Steson).
While all of Dominick Fernow’s work is driven by a sense of puristic, tortured expression, his Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement output renders some of the most diffusive, abstract and enigmatic thoughts and feelings in his entire catalogue. Where his other projects are known for intensely saturated sound design, RSE dwells in fathoms of stark negative space; conjuring a rare and arcane kind of acousmatic magick that massages the temples and squeezes open the third eye thru its textured tonal sensitivity and heartrate-slowing temporal pressure, as opposed to anything explicitly aggressive or panic-inducing.
Collated as a sort of book of spells - Water Witches works best thru dedicated solo immersion and absorption - just as you would imagine with a mescaline or ayahuasca trip deep in the jungle - only with less physical sickness and actual mosquitos. Although you’re likely to encounter the sounds of parakeets, tarantula wasps and other hallucinatory creatures and tribes populating its dense drone canopies and humid, decaying surfaces.
Do not treat this release lightly, and it will reward you manifold in return. Cross its path the wrong way, in a narrow frame of mind, however, and you’re almost certain to get irretrievably lost amid its plasmic moire of recursive energy channels and unidentified spectres, because you’ll find there’s few souls willing to come and repatriate your quickly rotting cadaver from this devil’s lung of mental mantraps.
The set collates in their remastered entirety the following releases - Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers, Green Amulet Crafts Supernatural Qualities, Taking Place In The Foyer, Jungle Black Magic And Highlands Green Sorcery, Papua Land Where Spirits Still Rule, Black Magic Cannot Cross Water, The Plant With Many Faces, Folklore Venom and Water Rose Above The Head.