- Profound Lore
Frozen Niagara Falls, the latest double album from Dominick Fernow, aka Prurient, is his “return to New York” record. It's dominated by Fernow's characteristic grating noise and feedback manipulation; there’s little of the twisted synth-pop from Bermuda Drain or his tenure in Cold Cave (for which he briefly relocated to L.A.), and virtually none of Through the Window’s seedy dance music. Named after the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood, "Greenpoint" begins with what may be his most jarring move yet—acoustic guitars.
They're provided by Arthur Rizk, who also produced the record and is known for his work with some of metal's rising stars, like Power Trip and Inquisition. But that segue doesn’t last long, as harsh waves and metallic percussion assist in Fernow’s narration of an alcoholic who disturbingly leaves a mother's ashes at a friend's apartment. "The East River isn’t romantic anymore you know/ That’s where suicides go" is an especially haunting line if you read Oliver Sacks’ recent New Yorker piece on monologist Spalding Gray’s final years. In his brooding voice and electronics, Fernow doesn’t just talk about decay and self-destruction, but makes them the blood of "Greenpoint", resulting in an especially eerie track in Prurient’s oeuvre.