Churning electronics and unexpected sound design.
On Fat Punko, Rico rejects functionality in favour of atmosphere and horror. His speciality is gradual shifts and creeping, building dread. Although sonically very different, this pacing is reminiscent of Rrose's work. Fat Punko is texturally less claustrophobic than La Mala Educacion, Rico's previous Avian release. There's space for specific elements—the barely intelligible vocal sample on "Punish Or Be Damed," the screeching alarm on "Massive Garage Meetings"—to come to the fore, which heightens the tension. There are some forgettable moments, where Rico's slow pace and industrial aesthetic combine to create something fairly dry. Take "Nervous Idiots In The Bar." It's as intense and challenging as the rest of the EP, but less rewarding.
Rico gets it right elsewhere, showing a gift for unexpected sound design. The bass motif on "Screem 'N' Cry" sounds like something drilling into your head when played at high volumes. (Admittedly, that won't be seen as a good thing by everyone.) This is music built on extremes, combining slow, methodical pacing with dark, aggressive noise. As with the best horror movie villains, it's not the violence but Rico's calm control that's so terrifying and effective.