BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008 Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia (4AD)

 |   |  <1 min read

Johann Johannsson: The Rocket Builder
BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2008 Johann Johannsson: Fordlandia (4AD)

Part romantic and lyrical classical music, part minimalism of the early La Monte Young kind, and deftly orchestrated in the manner of albums on Eno's Obscure label of the Seventies (Gavin Bryars' Sinking of the Titanic comes to mind), this emotionally downbeat but eerily beautiful album is probably of as much appeal to those who like a bit of Mahler as anyone coming from Eno's ambient music end of the spectrum.

With a 50-piece orchestra and some suggestions of that austere and emotional style of Henryk Gorecki, this is music of an inner journey . . . and while in a couple of places it a bit over-wraught, Fordlandia conjures up a world somewhere between snow-driven Scandinavia and outer space.

Repeat plays guaranteed. 

Share It

Your Comments

Thorny - Dec 20, 2008

I really liked the classical sound of this. Not a great Mahler fan but it was a wierd combination of arrangement/instruments. Certainly playable and not in the "Turn into an artwork to hang" class.

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Pajama Club: Pajama Club (Isaac)

Pajama Club: Pajama Club (Isaac)

From the deliberate domesticity of the band name/album title, this album which began as a knockabout home sessions between Neil Finn and his wife Sharon comes with some coy downplaying. I guess... > Read more

Hayden Wood: Sixty Years On (Frenzy)

Hayden Wood: Sixty Years On (Frenzy)

Despite the considerable collective musical knowledge at the table not one of us could place Hayden Wood, the subject of this new archive compilation by Grant Gillanders. Fortunately, as he... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

DAVE DAVIES KRONIKLES; MYSTIKAL JOURNEY, a doco by DAVE DAVIES AND MARTIN DAVIES (DVD/CD)

DAVE DAVIES KRONIKLES; MYSTIKAL JOURNEY, a doco by DAVE DAVIES AND MARTIN DAVIES (DVD/CD)

Given that Dave Davies contributed the raw guitar sound to early Kinks hits such as You Really Got Me, grew up in the same household as his famous songwriter brother Ray, was part of the... > Read more

The Swallow Quintet: Into the Woodwork (ECM/Ode)

The Swallow Quintet: Into the Woodwork (ECM/Ode)

On paper, all the ingredients are in place here where the seniors - - the wonderful bassist Steve Swallow and extraordinary composer Carla Bley -- are united with the new generation: guitarist... > Read more