New Artist Highlight: Oneo Fakind examines the cosmic cycles and “The Starting of One thing” [Video]
With titles like “Nostalgia for the Present”, “Why Do I Always End Up Up Here” and “Breaking the Wrong Vacuum”, Toronto-based duo Oneo Fakind’s fourth album is trippy before you even play. The Start of Something, a study of synth modulation and spatial sound design, manages to ask deep and powerful questions about existence and the universe without real lyrics being involved.
The duo say that The Start of Something really got its theme set with the opening track, “The Coniologist”. Coniology is the study of atmospheric dust, and coniologists believe that the same techniques can be applied to dust and debris in space. Many believe that information about the origin of life, psyche, memory and the feeling of “home” can be found in the study of this dust. : We’re All Made of Stars, ”after all.
The purpose of this album for Oneo Fakind was also to tell their own musical style, the somewhat incoherent but always lively symphony of chaos that they create in their work, as similar to these heavenly elements, and the course-tapping into this greater coniological awareness Music and art. As the couple play with waveforms, sound patterns, and frequencies, they create their own universe that, when heard, sounds almost as complex and expansive as the universe itself. Almost.
In terms of nailing an actual sound, most readers by now may have realized that we are the most extreme areas of experimental electronics and sound design. That said, it’s not all really far out and it seems that Oneo Fakind has connected with his inner EDMers as well. Tracks like “You don’t choke John, the world is just huge” (deserves an award for the best song title of all time, by the way), “Wonderful” and “The Coniologist” itself are at the height of the dissonant Tangerine Dream -meets-Philip Glass -like experimental goop, often without a beat and only with a piano to ground them. But, given the trippy titles, you knew it was.
The more EDM-ended tracks like “Why do I always end up here?”, “Well then” and “Moments That Don’t Deserve It” are still pretty experimental. Don’t get us wrong. You won’t escape the random chimes sounds so easily. But they have trackable beats; Trance, psytrance and even a little breakbeat can be heard here. However, if you’re playing these on a DJ set-up at a psytrance get-together, you may want to get out of Moments That Don’t Deserve It before it becomes too random for the floor-filling synthesizers. You wouldn’t want a complete Wook glitch.
There’s a pretty significant Lofi element in The Start of Something too. Right in the middle, tracks like “Lofi Tide” (obviously) and “Decay of the False Vacuum” cross the line between dissonant experimental chaos and more calming Lofi tones. You have certainly used some of these technical elements to create a more static and lofty tone as well.
Although The Start of Something is very trippy from the start, it’s also a very balanced album. Oneo Fakind is one of those artists who, even though they’re not really on the decks and not always doing the most danceable stuff, are still essential to EDM as they provide the sounds that drive all of the electronics. Coniologists of sound particles, if you will.
The launch of Something is now available and can be streamed on Spotify. You can find more trippy videos by Oneo Fakind on the YouTube page.