Photo: Shawn Brackbill
The tirelessly prolific Dominick Fernow aka Prurient is back, this time with a double-7″ release entitled Wrapped In The Flame Of Illusion, Masked In The Clay Of Behavior.
The release comes courtesy of LA-NY label Dais Records, purveyors of all that’s good and grim in industrial, noise, neofolk and black metal (past releases have come from the likes of Cold Cave, aTelecine, Lord Foul and Tor Lundvall). It’s comprised of four tracks, which Dais describe thus:
“Recorded within the bleak transitional period immediately prior to the sessions that would now become known as Bermuda Drain, Dominick Fernow sketched out four compositions which can only be framed as ‘ambient power electronics’. Some of Fernow’s most destitute works to date, this release captures Prurient at its most vulnerable and sedate, reflective and rapt. Compositions that throw away that past decade of experience, only to start at the foundation of his art.”
Bermuda Drain, which was one of FACT’s top 10 albums of 2011, was something of a break-out success for Fernow; it was virtually a synth-pop record, albeit a superbly angsty one, influenced by stark European techno and also doubtless by Fernow’s now permanent role as keyboardist in Cold Cave. Wrapped In The Flame Illusion is the first vinyl offering from Prurient since Time’s Arrow, an EP addendum to Bermuda Drain which came out late last year.
The cover design of Wrapped In The Flame Of Illusion – which is limited to 500 copies, and available to pre-order here – features an original collage by Genesis Breyer P-Orridge. The Throbbing Gristle co-founder has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with Dais in recent years, issuing several records of his own through the imprint, including archival offerings from COUM Tranmissions and Psychic TV.