Johannsson, Johann ‎– Fordlandia

Vendor: 4AD
Collection: Music Books
Released: 2019

NEW VINYL LP ON 4AD 2019

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Originally released just as Jóhann’s star was rising in the world of modern composition, Fordlândia is a beautiful meld of strings and electronics, with two themes running throughout; “This album is like a film with two separate story lines that at first don´t seem to have a lot to do with each other, but actually they do,” said Jóhann at the time. The idea of failed utopias is the main thread, with the album’s title is a reference to the Fordlândia rubber plantation in Brazil that Henry Ford built with grand plans in the mid-1920s but abandoned after a mere eight years at a huge cost and without a single tire for one of his cars having been produced. The collision of mysticism and rocket science is the other theme explored – made apparent by song titles such as ‘The Rocket Builder (Lo Pan!)’ and ‘Melodia (Guidelines for a Space Propulsion Device Based on Heim’s Quantum Theory)’ – a topic Jóhann was fascinated by at the time of writing this album, keenly studying the leftfield works of John Whiteside Parsons and Burkhard Heim.

Tracklist

A1. FORDLANDIA
A2. melodia (ii)
B1. THE ROCKET BUILDER (LO PAN!)
B2. melodia (ii)
B3. FORDLANDIA – AERIAL VIEW
B4. melodia (iii)
C1. CHIMAERICA
C2. melodia (iv)
C3. THE GREAT GOD PAN IS DEAD
C4. MELODIA (GUIDELINES FOR A SPACE PROPULSION DEVICE BASED ON HEIM’S QUANTUM THEORY)
D1. HOW WE LEFT FORDLANDIA

 

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