After almost a decade in the making, Reindeer’s first official full-length solo debut, Field Reports from the Western Lands, arrives appropriately in the spring of 2018 as a testament to our current blazing backdrop of social and political catastrophe; Reindeer’s anguished vocals backed by Nimrod’s sonic landscape of breathtaking post-rock tones and loops beckon you home to neon-lit ruins—Reindeer himself leading you by the hand through sprouting black monoliths out from a cracked, dying world.
A conceptual sequel to the fbcfabric & reindeer It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Whom You Know, this 16-track limited edition double vinyl in 4 parts utilizes various ‘field recordings,’ from environmental sounds throughout his travels in Europe and North America to dialogue samples of President Truman and Robert Oppenheimer, taking you on an experiential journey through the fallen Western World of murky dreams and alluring weightlessness—no, this is not an album that’s going to offer you any definiteness; rather, it endeavours to move you through the cavernous entrails of your own confused feelings via hallucinogenic impressions, spectral mirages and tones, carrying you from track to track through the chemical skies and radioactive rubble.
Not to mention that this album also includes a hauntingly gorgeous lyric booklet with original drawings by Reymundo Perez III (AKA Mildew of Papervehicle), and a digital download code as well, the entire package reminiscent of Reindeer’s notoriously complex and involved hand-crafted ‘Fragments from the Field’ packages containing forged documents from a seemingly eternal, glitchy atomic field.
Like a dreamer awakening to find the horror of his prison cell, except the horror is that the bars are nowhere to be seen—just the harrowing knowing of their existence—so it is to be submerged into the shifting, pulsating aural landscapes of this corroding lyrical maze, but with Reindeer guiding us through, his voice a blooming light amongst the wreckage.
Available 30th March 2018, Anette Records No.13
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NoAm/MX/RoW Customers Pre-Order Here
All the love
Might we gladly present, in conjunction with the almighty Mism Records: fbcfabric & reindeer – It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You Know- THE FINAL CUT; the definitive edition of the critically acclaimed indie rap classic.
Carefully reassembled from the original album sessions, this release is spread across three twelve-inch vinyl records, split into six movements, and contains 89 minutes of music, over twenty-three songs, presented complete for the first time.
A luxury edition to be sure, and contained in high quality black card sleeves within a hand-sewn outer fabric case, replete with embroidered name tag and high quality A5 doube-sided credits insert, with all the pertinent facts in the case.
Limited to just 100 copies worldwide, the album is immediately destined to be a collector’s item, and is exclusively available direct from Mism Records themselves. The release date is 9th October and the the pre-order is live.
‘ . . . ‘Fragments from the Field’ was a project that began with me finding myself in exile from my adopted hometown of Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany under extreme conditions… I was suddenly on a night flight back to the UK, and made my way swiftly to the safe haven of Brighton on the south coast, where I was gladly able to install myself in the bunker of my close associate Paul Drury. My first duty was to procure myself a typewriter to work with, and thus the ‘Fragments from the Field’ were born… in an effort to generate new material, to document this turmoil, and also to keep my thoughts occupied with something creative during this time of great distress . . . ‘
Fragments from the Field is a collection of ‘found’ manuscripts on assorted papers from the atomic field… each one entirely hand-crafted and entirely unique, all forming a series of fifteen C4 envelopes… Each piece includes:
3x Fragments from the Field prose poems in an envelope
3x Auxiliary Elements in an envelope
2x ‘Paper Scrap’ Notes
1x Architectural Blackout
1x Nineteen Eighty-four Blackout
2x ‘Prepared’ Nineteen Eighty-Four Pages
1x Civil Defense Handbook Blackout
1x Photograph from the Zone
1x Atomic Detonation Sketch
1x Emergency Seed Packet
1x Download Code for Compiled Digital Materials
*Digiital Download Code include PDF files collecting the entire ‘Fragments from the Field’ Series in a collection of books:
Fragments from the Field (45 pages)
Architectural Blackouts (30 pages)
Civil Defense Blackouts (28 pages)
Nineteen Eighty-Four Blackouts (33 pages)
Paper Scrap Notes I (14 pages)
Paper Scrap Notes II (16 pages)
Photographs from the Zone (8 pages)
Auxiliary Fragments (4 pages)
Strictly limited to 15 copies worldwide… and now available from my own bandcamp page… please do be sure to investigate… all the love…
…a clicking, whirring and tapping coming in over the field radio… a clattering of metal keys and the sound of the low drone of aerial surveillance… field reports from the western lands… fragments from the field coming soon…
…collecting together field notes from the bleak steppe, along with found items, and other curiosities… soon to be made available via jamesreindeer.bandcamp.com …the transmission begins to fall away and come apart…
…a flickering white noise creeping across the screen… whirring and clicking of the film projectors… digital transmission breaks up over a satellite link… reports coming in of video production activities in PLGWTZ in the last days…
…codename ‘description of a struggle’, coordinated by the almighty Arvid Wünsch and facilitated by the legendary Eaia, bankrolled by the magnificent Anette Records… moving-frame-evidence coming this spring…
. . . a flickering series of blurry images in the late of the evening . . . cement dust settling gently on a frozen breeze . . . frozen waves trapped in ice lining the banks of the silent lake . . .
. . . ‘field reports from the western lands’, the album, is officially now in a finished master state . . . sixteen pieces gathered into four movements, totalling almost an hour of new materials . . . [transmission fades] . . .
. . . a hissing and buzzing through the tubes and valves . . . after eight long years of production, i am currently exporting the stems to the final song for my ‘new album’ . . . to be handed to the only person i would ever trust to mix my work, the masterful Christoph Lofi . . . and how i have to hail my long-suffering brother Nimrod Saarpreme, co-conspirator on this epic journey . . . not to mention the almighty Strizi and Anette Records . . . the end of an era, and the beginning of a new epoch . . . transmission continues shortly . . .
. . . a flickering light in the long distance, the roaring din of the freight train carriage . . . slow news on a stolen breeze . . .
. . . central hotel eden, a manuscript . . . coming soon via the VI.VI.VII printing press . . . stay tuned . . .
gathered together with my 667 guild brother, artist lucien shapiro, and expert film-maker arvid wuensch, this last week saw the performance of a very special ritual here in the depths of the old world.
for now, might i share a few images from the locales of the sun-down segment of the invokation, but hint that further still-image evidence will be forthcoming within the coming weeks.
how i will also reveal that a short-film and music video will result from this communion, in association with anette records, and shall be unveiled at a time when all things are in their correct place… stay tuned for more information…
…a hissing a buzzing over the valves, switch-boards coming to life, tape machines whirring into activity… it is with much jubilance and gladness that i am today able to announce that, after years in the wilderness and after much behind-the-scenes communications, i am now officially part of the anette records family…
i can scarcely word how much this union means to me, nor can i scarcely contain news of what lies in store from this point on… but how i do want to extend my deepest gratitude to the almighty strizi, for seeing me fit to join the ranks, but also for keeping an eye on me during much darker hours…
…anette records is a wonderful DIY enterprise, which already features a roster of such talented artists, many of whom i am already deeply honoured to be acquainted with… please do be sure to lend your support to the cause, investigate their releases and stay tuned for forthcoming announcements…
all the love