FH049 Strategy – Cerebral Hut AKA Off The Grid

 

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RIYL: Table top electronics, the plulsing of liquid circuits, sleepover party with the Daleks

Strategy is not generally known for his ambient work, but the genre provides a window to the many disparate influences marking his talent. This skill-set is showcased in these live manipulations from the Cerebral Hut installation in Los Angeles. These compositions sound like the subdermal whirring of the guts of LA, and provide a fascinating peek into the mind of an artist in his prime.

Strategy is Paul Dickow of Portland, Oregon

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1 No Return
2 Off The Grid
3 Ringing Jungle
4 The Swamp Revisited

FH050 Sad Horse – Purple On Purple Makes Purple

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RIYL: early Pavement, Pussy Galore, a controlled sense of fuckall & abandon

On this Cassette Store Day 2014, it brings us great fucking pleasure to release on tape for the first time a favorite record of ours and hopefully a future jammer for you as well. The mighty two-piece of Sad Horse is a mainstay of Portland, Oregon and has been at times compared to “The Stooges on ritalin” and “Sleater-Kinney with a sense of humor” but these are all just words. Buy this album and crank it up.

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1. TAKE IT
2. YOU ARE IDIOTS
3. SOFT MOMMY
4. SURE YOU DO
5. HARMONY
6. GRASS ROOTS
7. LOAFER
8. NO GO
9. CHECK’S IN THE MAIL
10. DENTIST
11. SOMETHING THAT SUCKS
12. ALEX’S BLUES
13. HOLLYWOOD PRINCESS POWER
14. AIN’T THAT SOMETHING

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

Limited edition of 75 pro-dubbed & imprinted chrome cassettes w/ download card

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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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Digital only can be purchased here: yvesmalone.bandcamp.com

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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

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