Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers
Let's get this outta the way: Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement are one of my VERY FAVORITE (current) artists. Ok. Got it? Good.
Fallen Leaves Camouflaged Behind Tropical Flowers marks six years of Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement's cultish, elemental output, with Dominick Fernow (for it is he) giving the project's first ever release a vinyl pressing for the first time, coiling up two extended tracts of impure, unnatural gloom ranking amongst his most cherished works. FLCBTF was originally released on cassette in 2011 in an edition of 59. When RSE was first conceived with this album, the project was shrouded in a veil of mystery which left many fiends guessing to its provenance - it seemed too far reduced to be identified as Fernow's work, but also didn't easily resonate with anyone of Hospital Productions' usual suspects, instead holding a unique line of Stygian, slow dark 'techno' that sounded like some our bleakest, febrile fantasies come to life.
Soon enough RSE's creator and navigator was indeed revealed to be Fernow, and the project became regarded among his most prized golems by those in the know, not least because it was starkly defined in contrast to his myriad other pseudonyms - Vatican Shadow, Prurient, Christian Cosmos, Force Publique Congo, and so on - by dent of its perceived restraint and glowering minimalism. Perhaps because of that stringent, meditative asceticism, the hypnotic grip of RSE has remained undiminished and perhaps as strong as ever on this new vinyl edition, where the predator heartbeat and keening tonal groans of "Life Would Transform" sound more pensive and narcotically effective than ever. And the borderland industrial chug and clag of "Skull Covered In Moss" seems to be seated deeper into its dank gloom, emulating a location recording of a burial-by-mud in some godforsaken no-man's-land, with lurking parakeets and mechanical birds awaiting their turn on your soon-to-be carrion.
Green vinyl import. Edition of 500 copies worldwide. We have (as we go to press) 2 copies left. First come, first served. Suckers! (Lee)
Check out a track here.