Jóhann Jóhannsson

Fordlandia

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  • 2LP: 2019 repress, gatefold artwork, 180gr vinyl
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2019 Repress.

His most recent album "The Miners' Hymn" was released through Fat Cat Records. The BBC has called Johann "an intrepid music enigma" and his work was called "elegant, haunting and melancholic". He is currently writing the film score for the new WB movie "Prisoners" starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, to be released in the autumn of 2013.

One of the two main threads running through the album is this idea of failed utopia, as represented by the “Fordlândia” title - the story of the rubber plantation Henry Ford established in the Amazon in the 1920’s, and his dreams of creating an idealized American town in the middle of the jungle complete with white picket fences, hamburgers and alcohol prohibition. The project - started because of the high price Ford had to pay for the rubber necessary for his cars’ tyres - failed, of course, as the indigenous workers soon rioted against the alien conditions. It reminded me of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo, this doomed attempt at taming the heart of darkness. The remains of the town are still there today. The image of the Amazon forest slowly and surely reclaiming the ruins of Fordlândia is the one that gave spark to this album. For the structure and themes of the album I was influenced by the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky, Herzog and Kenneth Anger. I was interested in a kind of poetic juxtaposition and an alchemical fusion of themes and ideas, which I feel is similar to the way Anger uses montage as an alchemical technique - as a way of casting a spell. During the making of the album, I also had in mind the Andre Breton quote about convulsive beauty, which he saw in the image of “an abandoned locomotive overgrown by luxurious vegetation”. There is a strong connection to the IBM 1401 album in terms of both thematic and musical ideas and I see the two albums as belonging to a series of works. - Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Fordlandia

Fordlandia Jóhann Jóhannsson 13' 43''
Melodia (I) Jóhann Jóhannsson 1' 56''
The Rocket Builder (Io Pan) Jóhann Jóhannsson 6' 25''
Melodia (II) Jóhann Jóhannsson 1' 49''
Fordlandia - Aerial View Jóhann Jóhannsson 4' 33''
Melodia (III) Jóhann Jóhannsson 3' 12''
Chimaerica Jóhann Jóhannsson 3' 23''
Melodia (IV) Jóhann Jóhannsson 2' 45''
The Great God Pan Is Dead Jóhann Jóhannsson 4' 56''
Melodia (Guidelines For A Propulsion Device Based On Heims Quantum Theory) Jóhann Jóhannsson 9' 04''
How We Left Fordlandia Jóhann Jóhannsson 15' 25''

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