“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.”—Boomkat
#1 Life Would Transform
#2 Skull Covered In Moss
#3 A Slave Boy That Died An Awful Death For Not Keepng His Owner's Horses. He Helps People Who Are Looking For Lost Things.
#4 An Old Hag That Wears Shoes And Stomps Over People's Stomachs At Night Making Them Breathless
#5 Spot A Witch By Changes In The Persons Behavior
#6 In New Guinea Police Don't Have The Petrol Money To Search For The Witch Murderers
#7 Bodies Of Suspected Witchs Are Dumped In The River Or Buried In Toilet Pits
#8 Sorcery Killings
#9 The Case Of The Male Witch From Goroka
#10 A Cursed Leaf Under The Pillow Of A Victim
#11 The Verdict Handed Down By A Kangaroo Court
#12 For The Next Three Days There Was An Eerie Silence In The Village
#13 There Are Many Powerful Spirits Living In The Hills And Stones And It Is Not A Good Idea To Disturb Them.
#14 When They Cut The Road Through Here
#15 They Found This Stone Was Too Hard To Break Up So They Put It On A Truck
#16 They Took It Down To The Harbour And Dropped It In The Sea.
#17 But The Next Morning It Was Back Here Again. That Happened Three Times.
#18 They Dropped The Stone In The Harbour But Overnight It Returned, So Finally They Left It Here.
#19 In Port Moresby They Tried To Bulldoze A Mountain Where A Very Strong Spirit Dwells.
#20 The Spirit Was Angry And Froze The Bulldozer So It Could Not Move. The Bulldozer Is Still There Today.
#21 Homes Built Over The Sea
#22 Refuges From Black Magic
#23 Abaxial Masks With Sockets Closed To Hide The Face When The Destroyer Comes Alive
#24 Out Of The Mess Came The Green Devil
#25 Complex Rituals To Control Anthurium
#26 Poisonous Spirit Species
#27 Upside Down Left Eye
#28 Undrinkable Water
#29 In Honduras Death Caused By Being Chased By Spirits
#30 The Spirit Wore The Shoes Of The Boy
#31 Black Magic Originated In Nature
#32 Spirit Companion Sick-Bed
#33 Malaysia Yellow Herbs
#34 These Spirits Are Thought To Live Far Out At Sea And Are Usually Malevolent
#35 They Shoot Men With Flying Fish And Travel In Waterspouts Or On Rainbows