The Start of Something by Oneo FakindRelease date: December 25, 2020
Usually, nobody pays attention to releases that come dead-center of a Christmas season. They either fall into cracks or somehow sneak into the consciousness in the first few months of the year that follows.
But to be able to do that the south has some point of interest. Sometimes the music’s good, or the artist/band have an interesting name and/or includes a title that could do the same. The latter two could be a good reason to pique your interest like in the case when the artist/band bear the name Oneo Fakind and their album includes a composition that is titled ‘The Coniologist’.
In this case, Oneo Fakind is actually a duo from both Toronto and Vancouver. On the other hand, ‘The Coniologist’ finds its place on their latest album with a more regular title of The Start of Something. It turns out that Coniology is the study of atmospheric dust that invokes the imagery of cosmic origin, the feeling of nostalgia, warmth, and finding light in the darkness.
As you might have guessed by this description both ‘The Coniologist’ and The Start of Something have something to do with electronic music. Nothing exceptional there in general terms, unless Oneo Fakind are able to pull something utterly original, or combine their influences into a very listenable concoction that actually gets a personal touch. And the duo actually manages to do the latter. They take the route trail-blazed by the likes of Boards of Canada, Four Set, and Bonobo, i.e. they make a blend of ambient and beats that include equal parts of both with neither taking a dominant stance.
It could be a dangerous path if you don’t have the right sense or are too enamored by any of the artist that went that route before you. Luckily, Oneo Fakind seems to hit all the right notes or keys throughout the album to rightfully claim that definition of Coniology – they do invoke that feeling of warmth and nostalgia above all.