Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement: The Plant with many Faces LP
2014 repress. Following on from an excellent LP for Blackest Ever Black and a 12" for Bed of Nails. The project has become one of Dominick Fernow's most intriguing, offering an artificial, unnerving take on both ambient and more propulsive electronic music, in turns reminding us of everything from Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Vol. II to John Carpenter, Vangelis' Blade Runner soundtrack, Leyland Kirby, classic Chain Reaction, Demdike Stare and, of course, Fernow's own myriad productions under various aliases (Prurient, Vatican Shadow, etc.). Spread across 40 minutes, The Plant With Many Faces develops from Carpenter/Frizzi-esque bass arpeggios and abandoned cabin vibes on "Abaxial Masks...," to the petrifying Killer Bob themes in "Out of the Mess..." and the gloaming drones of "Complex Rituals...," finally brought to a close with the miasmatic clamminess of "Poisonous Spirit Species."