Returning after the success of her explosive debut Dark Energy, Jlin, aka Jerrilynn Patton, hit new heights in 2017 with her release of the highly-anticipated follow-up Black Origami. Like the Japanese art of paper folding referenced in its title, Patton’s sophomore project is crafted with fine precision, its splintered and stuttering soundscapes cutting sharp metallic outlines.
A powerhouse of rhythmic interplay, Patton’s origins in footwork lay the ideal groundwork for Black Origami’s exploration of texture and cadence. Fast-paced and razor-sharp, Patton intricately slices clipped vocal samples and steely drum breaks into profoundly complex sonic structures. Somewhat unsurprisingly, Patton cites movement as integral to the record’s creation, largely inspired by her collaborative work with dancer and performance artist Avril Stormy Unger. With such a visceral magnetism ever present in her sound, the flow and fluctuation of Patton’s shiver-inducing polyrhythms can not only be heard but felt, taking hold of listeners’ bodies as well as ears in a totally immersive experience. With such a bold approach it is not difficult to understand Jlin when she states that the album is a product of ‘letting go creatively, creating with no boundaries.’ Fierce, relentless and distinctly unique, Black Origami is a definitive release from one of the most visionary producers in the game.
Words: Georgia Tobin