In a release that draws as much from dub and bass music as it does from the ambient and drone sounds in which the work is ostensibly rooted, ‘Weirdo Haze’ expands the horizons of Fontaine’s sound, retaining the synthesized foundation of 2012’s ‘Delays’ (out on Australian micro-label Twice Removed) while seeking to open up new avenues of exploration and delve deeper into an increasingly complex sound-world.
Concepts of emergence and decay lie at the heart of this mini-album with sounds and textures appearing and disappearing like landmarks in the fog. Reverberating drones and feather-light synths interweave with processed field recordings and delicate layers of white noise in a truly immersive listening experience, which is carefully constructed and executed with restraint.
Ultimately ‘Weirdo Haze’ speaks about both the natural processes at work around us and the frequently conflicting states we experience inside. By placing human sounds and manipulated electronics cheek by jowl it’s a release made to soothe and unsettle in equal measure situated somewhere in the unknowable space between reality and dream.
released January 9, 2013
Written and recorded by John Doak.
Image by Kevin Dooley under Creative Commons license: tinyurl.com/cmlljaq