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German Army :: Holland Village (Dub Ditch Picnic) CASSETTE

$7 CAD
German Army :: Holland Village (Dub Ditch Picnic) CASSETTE
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German Army :: Holland Village (Dub Ditch Picnic) CASSETTE

$7 CAD
From the Dub Ditch Picnic Website:

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From XXJFG

German Army are one of 20JFG’s favourite bands in the world. Their releases describe mutant strains of a virus originally engineered in the laboratories of the COUM conspiracy, and released into the world as a sonic code for the mass metamorphosis of people into drones, the painful integration of flesh with metal and plastic, an account of the first stages in the evolution of a hegemonic species of insect.

 In Holland Village, the insinuations of beats in previous releases become a reality, the rumble of the viral machinery pumping copies of itself and massing them up in the cellular borders of invaded territories. If these armies had camps, and in their camps they burned fires, and around their fires they sang songs and danced dances, Abbasid Golden Age would be heard loud and terrible, the microscopic fractal of the Human League’s Being Boiled & other Electronic Body (emphasis on Body) anthems, a battle hymn for armies with that have no mouths, yet do scream.

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Listen Here:
http://dubditchpicnic.bandcamp.com/album/holland-village

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The Gumshoe Grove:
The German Army onslaught continues unabated across the battlefields of tape culture. It started with Youtan Poluo, continued with Papua Mass, got weird with Cattle Border, and now: I welcome Holland Village, so smooth it slides down the ear rather than filling it, the singer via “Fetal Change” sounding like he’s singing from atop a giant wave, calmly reciting as it continually ebbs across the ocean. It’s a nervy conglomeration of everything you love, on a lo-fi hotplate: LiarsTonstartssbandhtBlank Dogs, Young Marble Giants,Disco Inferno and Lemon Kittens, to name a few. You can salute and accept Germany Army into your bosom, or dole your allegiance out to others, but you cannot ignore them as they march through your dreams.

Holland Village might be the perfect tape. “Breeder Cult Wives,” just one example of the lushness afloat, is sloshy, woozy, and literally in slow-motion at times as the voices descend to chop-screw status and the mind-mixing madness of Expressway Yo-Yo Dieting at the beginning of Side B. This is one of the druggiest recordings I’ve ever heard. I feel like it’s smoking me.

“Harem Diseases” is more like a Metasplice track with an emphasis on samples, while “Alms for Arms” hops to a dancier beat, a mix of Miles (Demdike Staresolo project) and any number of drone recordings. It all works on its own terms, and as a part of an urgent whole it’s a piece of destiny in a sense, though “Deep Wall” doesn’t do much to further the mission. “Holocene Epoch” closes out any lingering doubts with a mello electronic beat just like the ones Andy Stott pumped out at SXSW. Space out to that shit, fool.

Join the Army.

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Cassette Gods:

I've reviewed German Army's music before. This is the third time. Three different labels (I recommend that ya look into Dub Ditch Picnic by the way), three fairly different albums. Holland Village is a strange sound world and it draws the listener in slowly. At times dub, electronic, soft-industrial, psychedelic-noir...sorta everything ambient/soundtracky all rolled into one tape. I like it. I can't be sure if this is the group's best concentrated effort because I haven't heard everything they've done, but this is my personal fave. Weird and wonderful stuff...Check out "Sultan Skin" for how deliberately the music successfully simmers.

Buy and Listen HERE.

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