Over 20 years, Dominick Fernow's work as Prurient has manifested as scathing blasts of masochistic audio torment, as he utilizes the esoteric nature of technology to conceive pure and terrible emotion. 2016's Frozen Niagara Falls was an awe-inspiring epic of dismal agony that only further cemented Fernow as one of the best in the genre.
With Rainbow Mirror, Fernow seems to have taken a different approach, substituting the immediate attack of harsh noise for a much larger, more atmospheric sound that envelopes rather than assaults the ….
In a conversation I had with Dominick Fernow earlier this year, he described his music as a "stain on the world." His discography is a sprawling collection of tapes, CD-Rs, art pieces and one-off collaborations, with proper albums strewn in between. Not even Fernow himself has a full grasp of what he's released over the years, though in 2017 he tried to take stock on account of the 20th anniversary of his label, Hospital Productions. Rainbow Mirror is the culmination of all that introspection: a seven-LP set that manages to outdo in scale his last Prurient album, Frozen Niagara Falls.
Dominick Fernow is not here to make things easy for you. In recent years, the noise trailblazer and Hospital Productions founder has drifted toward respectability, with his military-themed techno project Vatican Shadow taking him out of grimy basements and installing him in superclub DJ booths around the world. Fernow was once characterized as a noise bro, but his work is seldom satisfying in a beer-chugging, rock .