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4AD - CAD 2812LP
On 6th December, 4AD will release their first pressing of FordlÃƒÂ¢ndia by JÃƒÂ³hann JÃƒÂ³hannsson. Initially released in 2008, this edition is complete with previously unpublished album notes written by the much-missed composer.
Originally released just as JÃƒÂ³hann's star was rising in the world of modern composition, FordlÃƒÂ¢ndia 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 JÃƒÂ³hann at the time.
The idea of failed utopias is the main thread, with the album's title is a reference to the FordlÃƒÂ¢ndia 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 JÃƒÂ³hann was fascinated by at the time of writing this album, keenly studying the leftfield works of John Whiteside Parsons and Burkhard Heim.
Previously only available on vinyl as a small run pressed by JÃƒÂ³hann himself on his NTOV label, this new pressing comes spread across two 180g pieces of black vinyl and is housed in a beautiful gatefold sleeve. This pressing has been mastered by Bo Kondren at Calyx and the artwork has been adapted from his original design by Chris Bigg.
Melodia (i) 1:56
The Rocket Builder (Io Pan!) 6:25
Melodia (ii) 1:49
Fordlandia - Aerial View 4:33
Melodia (iii) 3:12
Melodia (iv) 2:45
The Great God Pan Is Dead 4:56
Melodia (Guidelines For A Propulsion Device Based On Heim's Quantum Theory) 9:04
How We Left Fordlandia 15:25