Super Fata "Structural Tendency" CD
Wow, where this project comes from? These were most likely my first words, when rather serendipitously encountering the soundworlds of Super Fata, a Norwegian project based in Oslo and driven by its sole protagonist Jan Roos. Although "Structural Tendency" CD is out since September 2013, I didn't have any clue about the existence of this project until the end of October 2015, when I was guided through Michal Karcz's site to Super Fata's second album "Percipient" (Thanks a lot, Michal!!!). No coincidence this time, as Michal is responsible for the stunning visuals on "Percipient". But that might be the next story, so let's move now back to Super Fata's debut release "Structural Tendency" CD. The album was mastered during January 2013 by Jan Roos and Morten Lund at his Lunds Lyd studio, but after few delays it was released, as mentioned, during September same year on Norwegian Origo Sound label, which is known for releasing albums by renowned ambient artists such as Erik Wøllo, Biosphere, Circular or Green Isac. It somehow remains a mystery to me, because I feel like "Structural Tendency" CD in bigger part didn't cross radars of drone ambient aficionados like me. Have no idea what happened, maybe the promotion was not adequate, but fortunately this time is over and since there is no "Best before" on music (as usual credit for this one goes to Scott M2), I am really excited to be able to fully dive into Super Fata's dronescaping magic. The CD is packaged in an elegant matte 4-panel eco wallet with attractive front and back cover design by Jan Roos, while the inside cover art is based on the original digital artwork "Aquatic" by Sven Geier.
"Structural Tendency I" is a shorter intro track, which immediately ignites this adventurous odyssey with intenser drone magnitudes, where splendiferously humming abyssopelagic magnifications precisely commingle with helixing cyber-tech fragments and ear-ticklingly crushing dissonant surges. So it's quite obvious the listener is swallowed by ultra deep zones without any chance to perceive the next track. "Structural Tendency II - The Origins Of Intention" is slightly longer than its predecessor, yet the journey is as much immersing with highlighting, intensely oscillating drone sheets, mesmerizingly mindscaping and meticulously bridged with tinkling gossamer quietudes. And then clandestinely transmuting into sparsely sculpted terrains melting together intangible enigmas, contemplative subtleties, evaporating reverberations and phantasmal ephemeras. Minimal, but stunningly enrapturing!!! Not even 8 minutes have passed so far, nevertheless this is an utterly spellbinding listening experience, hats off to Jan Roos/Super Fata!!! With "Structural Tendency III - Alignment I" we enter now the long-form spheres reaching 21 and a half minutes mark. Glitchy swirls announce silently emerging monochromatic stratum, which drifts towards enthrallingly perplexing territories. Cascading from awe-inspiringly desolate plateaus through tranquilly peculiar sceneries to metamorphosing transcendental realms. A huge amount of jaw-dropping nuances is continuously delivered throughout this mind-blowing odyssey, high-pitched echoes, ethereal meridians, ear-bending escalations, primordial potpourris, sinuating unfathomable drone walls... An epic dronescape and a true all-inclusive drone tour de force awaits here!!! Bravo!!! The more I listen to this album, the more I feel ashamed and constantly asking myself, how could I miss such phenomenal release? And there also arise other questions, is this a dark ambient dronecarving? No, I would rather stick with ambient, yes enough experimental I could say, but certainly not in noisier dimensions, although persistently titillating my ears, it's definitely devastatingly enigmatic and intriguingly distinctive. With 7 and a half minutes long "Structural Tendency IV - Merge" we keep on freefalling with deep-diving submersible into the next layer, the hadopelagic zone, to explore surviving fauna in the most inhospitable places on Earth. Remote monochromatic drones, humming perplexes, euphonious discordances, ear-piercing spirals, emerging, elevating and climaxing. Afterward evanescing and emanating through tranquilly organic paths and entering breathtakingly expansive and warmly embracing panoramas of "Structural Tendency V - Passing Of The Threshold". Gracefully immense movements are strikingly magnificent and masterfully amalgamated with hypnotically ambiguous nuances, swirlingly permeating effects and transiently translucent subtleties. Clocking to 6 and a half minutes, this must be Super Fata at the very top of his serenely atmospheric soundsculpting, the peak of the deepest sonic meditation has just been reached!!! With nearly 17-minute "Structural Tendency VI - Alignment II" the listener is taken back into intricately colored and exquisitely amplified drone terrains merged with arising cyber-biotic traceries and shrilling scraps. But it's inconspicuously pervading vivacious cybernetic groove, which subsequently steals the center stage and pinnacles towards the 10th minute. Then quietly fading away through monochromatic vistas, counterpointed with intangibly tiding glimpses, into the gorgeously enveloping eternal stillness. My jaw keeps dropped...
Multifariously forged "Structural Tendency" CD debut offers to each focused listener an intense 60-minute journey to the frontiers of first-class dronescaping enigmas!!! A true miracle and a pure eargasm, Super Fata is to me one of the biggest revelations of 2015, that's for sure!!! Releases such as "Structural Tendency" should be praised and celebrated by devoted community, and not kept in secret. Jan Roos aka Super Fata is a criminally underrated dronesculptor, he deserves way more credit, so let's explore this hidden treasure!!! And don't forget, during October 2015 Jan Roos has released through his own Solipsis label his latest album "Percipient", which is available as a pro CDr packaged in 4-panel digipak in limited edition of 50 copies and featuring already mentioned splendid visuals by Polish kindred soul Michal Karcz. And as far I know, two other digital albums, one 4-track mini album "Cosmologic Relation" and one 7-track album "Natural Selection", are available via Super Fata's Bandcamp site. Welcome to the worlds of Super Fata!!!
Richard Gürtler (Jan 04, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
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