2016 In Review

2016 (from a cassette standpoint) was an excellent year for Field Hymns – we are super proud of the quality of music we put out and are honored to have been able to do so. Thanks for all the support and we will see you in 2017, if there is a 2017.

FH067 Yves Malone – Death House 4

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RIYL: grimy VHS terror, dead malls at dusk, analog soundtrack horror 

Mr. Malone is back with portents of dark times indeed: some people live sunny lives of vapid clarity and hopeful posi vibes and then there is the rest of us. This album is for the latter person, so say we all. Sometimes sounding like the middle section of Pink Floyd’s Atom Heart Mother Suite, other times like ecstatic devotional hymnals to a faded saint of total destruction, this cassette will certainly crush all hope of a new day into rubble. Death House 4 is the dusty, terribly fraught, and horrified soundtrack to the dark future that is rapidly approaching us. God help us all.

Yves Malone lives in Oakland, CA

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TRACKLISTING

1 Golden Riders At A Nuclear Dawn
2 Buffalo Cheek Carrier Wave
3 On the Edge
4 Zed1
5 Abysmal Hymnal
6 Euclid Base Level

FH066 Manville Heights

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RIYL: coy liaisons with fine Japanese electronic instruments, tomorrow’s sad-funk

Can machines develop sadness? Regret? Does the keyboard grazing of one’s fingertips over the years accumulate feelings and longings in these electronic tools, both so invisible to us in our waking human lives? Are we responsible for the emotional care and feeding of these electronic servants? What was staring back at you from that illuminated screen you spent so many hours, weeks, and months in front of, a screen you always assumed beheld a one-way conversation? You were correct in one sense but wholly blind to the greater mystery, unaware it was you who was watched. A sad attraction, forever trapped behind glass, a perpetually unrequited love and you never knew.

Manville Heights is Yu & Mi

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TRACKLISTING

1 Whispers
2 Buddy Graavy
3 Air Bear
4 Red Caps
5 Felon the Love
6 Theme Propaganda
7 Sexual Tension Sans VCR
8 B12

FH065 Snakes of Pennsylvania

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RIYL: The Album Leaf, early Sebadoh, cassette 4-tracking during the dead hours of a psychotropic day

Meeting in art school and eventually living in fabled Tarantula House in the high hills of Pittsburgh, the duo cut their teeth during countless sessions of cheap beer, cough syrup-induced drum and six-string sonic seances. With that spirit serving as fodder, this sound became a mode of transport with a dedication to keep the space-time portal open at all times. Field Hymns is proud to introduce the Snakes of Pennsylvania. Please enjoy the ride.

Snakes of Pennsylvania is Thad Kellstadt and Kevin Molloy

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TRACKLISTING

1. Bleeding Ceremony
2. Kolbojnik
3. Catalogue
4. Timetravel Try-outs
5. The Shorning Song
6. Instrumental One
7. The Human
8. Attack of Lyme
9. Taking Out The Fat
10. Mayatol

FH064 Yves Malone – Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

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RIYL: synthsual soundtracks, work daydreams of  grandeur and danger, VHS appetizers

Yves Malone is back with a 28 minute, four song EP for our International Cassette Store Day release of 2016. Dialing down the abject horror of previous programs, he nonetheless manages to find that balance between idle dread and victorious exultation, an idiosyncratic current that binds his catalog together. These tracks, abandoned from a nebulous video game scoring project, have been reworked and refined into something resembling a krautrock jam on the eve of a massive tumultuous downturn…

Yves Malone lives in Oakland, CA

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TRACKLISTING

1. Buggy Lovin
2. Testy
3. Piping the Dreams Away
4. Extortion of the Heart

 

FH063 Garde Forestier

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RIYL: cassette loops, contemplation of the atrification of logic in seemingly intelligent systems, weed

Garde Forestier is vaguely sinister 80’s hold music a lunatic French guru turned into mediation loops. Or perhaps it’s a Casio workstation gone on the fritz but becoming sentient, all whilst dealing with the breakdown of its physical body and the unfairness of bothering with such a burden at such a momentous time. Maybe Garde Forestier really is a front for a Danish trio of nuns who built up these tracks in the brief moments free from the rigors of monastic life. Perhaps we are witnessing the first stirring of a post-vaporwave work unbound and unmoored from its stable of lockstep clone acolytes. Perhaps.

Garde Forestier is from Tours, FR

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TRACKLISTING

1 Give a hoot, Don’t pollute!
2 Je suis france si souvent
3 Je bois Tu bois trouble
4 Fitou 1
5 Urbain Rurbain
6 Drogue sous autoroute
7 Fitou 2
8 Tempete99 (traumatisme)

FH062 Kane Pour – Vision Crayon

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RIYL: video game soundtracks from weather.com, audio taffy, Swedish fish + QVC

We’ve had a mad bee up our bonnets for this feller since hearing Kane Pour’s previous release & are stoked as hell to drop this smooth acid candy into the world. Like Yellow Magic Orchestra scoring a new installment of The Legend of Zelda set in coastal yet swanky Hyrule, Vision Crayon is a study of bubblegum tension and confetti release and a big fuck-yeah to being alive.

Kane Pour is from Florida

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TRACKLISTING

1 Paprika
2 Coral Canyon
3 Flying Moss
4 Cygnus Ephemeral
5 Lament of Listening
6 Crimson Pendulum
7 Mayapples’s Dream