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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Annual Report: Field Hymns

Posted by Chris Cantino on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 9:24 AM

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Local cassette boutique Field Hymns has been at it for some three years now, and with their recent set of drops representing the breadth of the label's increasingly developed aesthetic, it's time to shed some light on Field Hymns' latest adventures into uncharted analog territories. No strangers to creative fringework, the label's track record of bucking trends in favor of boundary-stretching sounds grows more established with each release. Library music, found sound, minimal wave, kosmische, you name it—all are dissected à la carte at Field Hymns. For a sampling of their latest menu, observe the much-anticipated debut from Grapefruit, Detainee's Vital Organs, and Foton's Omega.

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Grapefruit - S/T
RIYL: Tangerine Dream, music so kraut it's still cabbage & synths creamy enough to attract cats

What happens when you get Klaus Shulze into some tight-fitting American jeans? Yes I know, the periennial question - well we here at Field Hymns have the answer and of course the result is Grapefruit. Muscular and fluid, Grapefruit speaks a brogue of '70s Kosmisch and '80s action flick scores, woven into a rich expanse of arpeggiated streams, analog sunsets and cosmic beaches. Recommended for all lovers of analog synth artistry.

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Detainee - Vital Organs
RIYL: grimy synths, cold beats, a morose feeling of nostalgia for black denim

In 1991 Capcom USA, in a bold move to reclaim market share lost to rival video developers and taking advantage of the new 16 bit processors in the Sega Genesis and its rival, the Super NES, commissioned of Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode to develop a more modern soundtrack for a game in development with a working title “Vital Organs.” The project was eventually scrapped, the music forgotten and the world moved on.

This is what that music would have sounded like.

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Foton - Omega
RIYL: La Planète Sauvage, library music, the inside of your eyelids on a sunny day

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