FH048 Portopia ’81 – Stardust Memory

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RIYL: library music, swinging organ, the warm smell of tubes and cigarette smoke

The project Portopia ’81 is named after an expo in Kobe from that year but its heart is more bound to 1961. Mizuhiro’s vision of a space-bound humanity reaching the stars via silver needles and fired though rainbow washes of nebulae is translated though the analog pops of organ drum machines and wedded to the calming voices of vintage synthesizers – a perfect soundtrack to a future that wasn’t.

Portopia ’81 is Mizuhiro of Japan, also owner of tape label Ginjoha

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1 Recuerdos de la Alhambra
2 Balcony on the outer space
3 Distination Moon
4 Super Cosmic
5 Tokimeki Shortwave
6 Recuerdos de la Alhambra II
7 Stardust Memory

FH047 Conrad Wedde – Space World

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RIYL: Subtropical meridians, Peter Gabriel’s better moods, a nice stoned dawn

Recorded in a small room in Dunedin, New Zealand, SPACE WORLD encompasses the breadth of the southern hemisphere in its brief span of 27 minutes. The texture of bamboo & the blinding reflection of the setting sun scored like a love scene from an older Michael Mann movie – this is visual audio done at its finest, reminiscent of Eno’s 80’s output but done with heart. One of the finest approximations of our younger summers, high and on the beach, we’ve run across yet.

Conrad Wedde resides in New Zealand

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1. Cassandra
2. Cabby
3. Bamboo
4. Frozen Bones
5. Islands
6. Space World

FH044-046 Yves Malone – Three Movies: Abysscoteque, The ECHO People, Zenith City

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RIYL: dark action soundtracks to 80’s movies, darkwave, synthwave, outrun

Treading in the realm of synth soundscape artists like Perturbator, Umberto, and Gianni Rossi, Yves Malone diverges, reveling in the scenes between scenes, the sketch of a little moment rather than the bombast of the crescendo or the extension of a final dance sequence spread out to club length. These three soundtracks are akin to an uncertain author’s scene-by-scene narrative, the shouts and whispers of an orator practiced in the arc of the tragic tale. While tangentially related to sub-genres like synthwave, dreamwave or outrun (with the analog technology and timbre of 1980’s technology), Malone, never the purist, colors his palate with splashes of minimalist drone and dark 80’s metal, the lesser told side of retro-synth gothicism. Originally released digitally in 2012, Field Hymns is pleased to offer these soundtracks in a limited edition, pro-dubbed three cassette set.

YVES MALONE resides somewhere…

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FH043 German Army – Tassili Plateau

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RIYL: Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, sacred geology, Chariots of the Gods, autochthonous audiology

Enigmatic California duo German Army creates often-portentous music illuminated by fading cultural voices and barren, shifting lands. Following a dizzying array of tapes, CDs and LPs in the last three years, the first four GeAr cassettes of 2014 share broader musical approaches. And collectively, they suggest a system of conceptual continuity that’s just begging to be deciphered with a Walkman and a few batteries. Our humble release of the quartet, “Tassili Plateau,” feels like the keystone of them all, music and message(s?) slowly coming into focus. Short, taut songs, visited by Bollywood dervishes with freckles of exotica, buttressed by fried drum machines lifted from the quarterdeck of Captain (Richard H) Kirk himself, and musically expanded to allow for moments of warmth and redemption, this might be the best outing by German Army yet.

GERMAN ARMY resides in LOS ANGELES

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1. Border Marsh
2. Mumbai
3. Antiseptic
4. Crooning Ignorance
5. Indian Beast
6. Vermin
7. Nepalese
8. Bondage
9. Sexual Cycle Of Human Norms
10. Smooth Voice
11. Goa

FH042 Scammers – Cover you

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RIYL: The Juan MacLean, Soft Cell, David Bowie, Hot Chip, The Presets, Scott Walker

Scammers is the man who puts ice to your your chest after a five hour rave. Scammers is the man who fills your coffee order at 7 in the morning and still has glitter in his eyebrows. Scammers is the man who uses sly innuendo as a razor blade. Scammers is the man who resents everything you are and hates what you have become. Scammers is insidious. Scammers works rank and file to bring the system down from within. In the very end you never would have known who it was if it wasn’t for the glitter…the damning glitter. But you never really got him anyway, did you?

PHIL DIAMOND resides in KANSAS CITY, MO

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1. Waterfall
2. Dave
3. 30 & Smokin
4. Transitioner
5. Cover Me
6. Oh-la-la
7. Do You Trust Me
8. Manager Song

FH040 Black Unicorn – Traced Landscapes

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RIYL: Tangerine Dream, Daphne Oram, Cluster, Kosmische, Radiophonic Workshop

Traced Landscapes is the law of correspondence seen from the rear view mirror of a departing space shuttle. A record of the parallel grown between macroscopic and microscopic in the basic urge for pattern, order, and meaning. Or like a thin sheet of paper — the copied blueprints of grand and unfathomable designs. These tracks are alien artifacts unearthed in parched deserts, planets orbiting like electrons, scale a relative term in washes of synthesized serendipity and filtered waves crashing upon shores of conscious reflection. The revelation is akin to the experience of Oedipa Maas in Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 as she senses the strange connection between city and circuit, “…she thought of the time she’d opened a transistor radio to replace a battery and seen her first printed circuit. The ordered swirl of houses and streets, from this high angle, sprang at her now with the same unexpected, astonishing clarity as the circuit card had . . . there were to both outward patterns a hieroglyphic sense of concealed meaning, of an intent to communicate.” Please enjoy your experience.

Black Unicorn is Curt Brown of Akron, OH

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A1. Lowland Observatory
A2. Cosmonoctambulant
A3. Temporal Immensities
A4. The Groutless Interstices
A5. Seafowl in Silhouette

B1. Trans-Dimensional Railway
B2. Magnetic Trap Type 77-B
B3. Petrified Lightning
B4. Magnetic Trap Type 77-C
B5. Celetal Supersanity

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