Jonny Nash (not to be confused with the I Can See Clearly Now guy) has recorded under the aliases Land of Light, Discossession, and Sombrero Galaxy, with Gaussian Curve and for the Melody is Truth label. Lindsay Todd aka House of Trapps records for Firecracker. Together they’ve made Fauna Mapping. It is an album of beautifully manipulated field recordings, painstakingly collected to hear every sound of island wildlife there is. LP on Island of The Gods.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 February 2018
Hang on. I'm reading the press release which suggests that Jonny Nash (not the Hookworms guy) and Lindsay Todd have collected sound from insects and wildlife from the island but unless I'm being completely stupid I can't see which island. Which island? (Update: It's Bali - I read the LP sleeve)
Anyway what we have is a varied palette of sound made up of the micro squeaks, ticks and buzzes of insects at work. This is manipulated into some quite eerie soundscapes which in the case of opener 'The Gecko that wore its skin out' and the title track create soothing exotic sounds that don't come in to land too far away from the sort of dub techno made by the likes of Gas. These tracks are interspersed with stranger soundscapes that can alarm such as the astonishing 'Pipe to Pipe Bushment' which combines exotic chirps with rhythmic drums and all manner of jungle sounds.
I like the album better though when it is calm and there are some really lovely almost new-agey pieces such as closer 'Mushroom omelette (and the now prevailing cosmic anxiety)' which despite its oddball title is a truly lovely ambient piece up there with the very best of the genre.
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