Super Fata "Percipient" CDr
Jan Roos, the sole wizard behind Super Fata, has self-released "Percipient" album during October 2015 on his newly created label Solipsis. Supported by stunning cover artwork by Polish visual maestro Michal Karcz, this was the triggering point to me for diving into the fascinating dronescaping domains of this highly crafted, yet still well-hidden Norwegian soundsculptor. Even if his debut "Structural Tendency" CD is out since September 2013 on Origo Sound (I reviewed this breathtaking album back in January 2016), Super Fata's recordings, which include also few additional digital albums, definitely deserve to be immediately explored and applauded by all dedicated drone connoisseurs. The CDr comes in a glossy 4-panel digipak and is limited to 100 copies, 50 of them are available via Bandcamp. The packaging is truly a top-notch, kudos to Michal & Jan!!! The journey unfolds...
"Stimulus", a 4-minute opener swiftly swallows my ears and transports me into the splendiferous underwater sceneries, which easily could be the place, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates face to face. Spellbindingly distant monumental drones are burbling, while diaphanous glitches continuously ear-tickle along with swirling organic undercurrents, rising and ebbing meridians and surreptitiously ear-piercing climaxes. This must be an awe-inspiring subterranean cathedral where cyber-biotic ambient nuances confront with intangible dark ambient stratums. Bravo, Jan!!! "Protoself", which is slightly longer than its predecessor, incorporates more perceptible heavy drone walls permeated and illuminated by silky hypogean traceries with glimpsing transcendental groans. Drifting, sneaking and ascending through intriguing fissures. Another big one!!! "Mycelium", with 3:30 the shortest piece on this adventure, remains safely on magmatic drone path, again meticulously flavored with subterrestrial effects, then clandestinely metamorphosing into earthier jungle labyrinths, but that's already the following track "Membrane", which clocks to nearly 9-minute mark. But more animated blankets over the course transmute into tenser tapestries magnified by dizzy disruptions traveling across the ears before evanescing through calmer, yet abundantly organic terrains into embracing silence. "Psymbiosis", as indicated by its title, invites the listener to take magnificently mesmerizing odyssey. Panoptic drifts slowly pervade across the biotic curtains, but the central stage is straightly invaded by emerging cybernetic grooves, which soon steal the spectacle. The pulsing opiate is rather delicately subtle than vibrantly galvanizing, but always luminously filigree and exquisitely guarded by enthrallingly expansive washes. Then quietly fading away and returning to its enigmatic realms charged by unfathomably immersing insectronics. Wow, this is another mind-blowing ride showcasing potential to even chase milestones such as "Blood Machine" or "Apeiron"!!! "Percipient", the title long-form track closes this absolutely triumphant exploration with arising drone solitudes, which intermingle with flimsy fragments, glimmering gargantuan reverberations and remote ephemeral rumbles. Spiraling choir-like drones are perpetually counterpointed with abyssal monochromatic hums and pinnacling transcendental discordances. Darker than the darkest, deeper than the deepest, enter now the most oracular territories proficiently revealed by this Norwegian soundcarver and fully experience a gamut of his intricate dronescaping bravuras. A pure 32-minute sonic delight unlocking the gates of the Drone Pantheon!!!
Album with a caliber like "Percipient" should be sold out quite quickly if available in smaller run, so the fact this CDr is still available remains a really huge mystery to me, because Super Fata belongs to some of the most talented projects within this thrillingly ambiguous style. It's another miracle from Norway!!! I even think aural and visual bliss like "Percipient" deserves to be exhibited on a glass mastered format, but unfortunately we all know how is the reality and struggles for lesser known artists... It's a shame!!! Jan Roos masterfully navigates Super Fata through spectacularly fascinating gaps and his own, all-intensive insignias are constantly presented in full bloom. Btw, don't forget your headphones! So after "Structural Tendency" we have here another magnum opus by Super Fata!!! Keep on droning, Jan, no matter if scuba, caving or trekking, the gear is always ready!!! I won't hesitate to call you a Maestro!!!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 04, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)