2013 was a great year for A Giant Fern for several reasons, but Derek Rogers made us proud for being included on some of our favourite Year End lists. This time it was featured at #13 on Dwight Pavlovic's list for Decoder Magazine among some of the most amazing releases of the past year.
Read his thorough report about 2013 here: http://www.secretdecoder.net/features/2014/01/30/dwights-year-end-cadaver-turn-over-finding-genre-agnosticism-format-neutrality/
German Army ’Last Language’ LP got airplay at the awesome 'The Twopenny Hangover' show at polish RadioJAZZ.FM.
This was the playlist:
Twopenny Hangover, Warsaw, 20.01.14
1. Roland Young - Go away (Palto Flats)
2. Mixed band philanthropists - The Man Who Mistook A Real Woman For His Muse And Acted Accordingly (Staubgold)
3. German Army - Lost in a canyon (A Giant Fern)
4. International Parallives Institute- Memoirs of anomie gray side 2 (Noumenal Loom)
5. Salem Mass - witch burning (Guerssen)
6. Littus - Kallon (Notice Recordiings)
7. MJ Guider - The vessel (Constellation Tatsu)
8. Gunther Schickert - Kinder in der wildnis (Bureau B)
English translation of the Obsküre Magazine review of Ichtyor Tides ‘Eever Schapes’ tape (originally in french):
This time, it is a cassette release for Ichtyor Tides. Since our review of Mortisle Elytrion (Obsküre #12), the prolific Nikola Akileus have released one EP and 2 LP (digital and cassette) : after Eever Schores (Sirona Records) and Eever Schemes (Already Dead Tapes), here are eight new tracks on a Portuguese label. The A-side is a trilogy : “Aural Vectorm” is a long synthetic drone, a seemingly monotonous wave on which synthetic swirls bring a harmonic and relaxing densification of the sound. Ghostly sounds appear soon, piano notes, violins, even accordions. Breaks and glitches in sound insufflate a form of alien life into this panorama, more temporal than visual. Complete drowning leads to hypnosis and sound hallucinations. Under its insect stridency (fundamental element in the music of Ichtyor Tides), “Plyaurech Suns” offers a healing with more audible changes in notes, while the final “Tepes Reduct” steps into violence, as if a hundred of guitars were sizzling together. The drone becomes vocal, with tiny variations in tone again : blowing and wind, thunderstorm of the multitude and descent into the void. B-side leans more towards textural experiments : “Vermys (Achermede)” distils its insects, gravels or coins in surf and swarming ; “Aporeiq Schant” displays a wave made of tinkling feedbacks in an alternate version of the one featured on the “Elements 02” compilation (The Future Elements) ; “gleasInd” probes the very distance between the crackling of the fire and the one of water, enhanced by strange atomic laser shots. More conventional (relatively), “Shorrean Vilage” shows a pulsating and swirling subterranean life, whilst the devastated field recording of “Deflaverse” reminds the factory and the storage warehouse with an old whistling loco passing by and indistinguishable voices mumbling. The faculty that music have of signifying something more than sound can be touched here.
Translation by Nikola Akileus.
Ichtyor Tides ‘Eever Schapes’ CS this time reviewed by french zine Obsküre Magazine (paper edition).
"HALLUCINATIONS DRONE : […] L’immersion absolue confine à l’hypnose et aux hallucinations auditives. […] On touche ici la faculté qu’a la musique à signifier autre chose que du son."
Were are excited to announce the third video taken from German Army's 'Last Language' LP. Directed by Rob Feulner from Video Nasties and Bleu Nuit Video it was premiered today by 20jazzfunkgreats blog.
"Who we are does not matter at all to us. This is also why interviews are difficult. We are just documenting our thoughts as all that really matters is the sounds being made. No one needs to see or know us in relation to our music. I prefer to meet people on terms outside of music on a daily routine separate from art or music."
Were are proud to have three of our releases included on the TABS OUT “Top 200 Tapes Of 2013”. This was the ranking:
#23 – Sindre Bjerga + Micromelancolie “Anaglyph #1″
#77 – Derek Rogers “Signifying Memory”
#166 – dUAS sEMIcOLCHEIAS iNVERTIDAS / Cangarra split
Thank you to Tabs Out and congratulations to all the amazing musicians we had the privilege to work with so far!
"This album is a veritable orgy with harsh reverberated noise, mixed with ethnic vibes and an utterly schizophrenic atmosphere."
"Embedding their trademark minimalist synthwork and motorik beats within spoken word soliloquies and waves of reverb and drone effects, German Army meld dark wave’s latent sterility, swathes of industrial noise, and a wide selection of skeletal rhythmic patterns into singular musical statements that gradually construct themselves from a series of fractured influences and inspirations."
"Temos boa escola, temos mistério e temos um disco a pingar ideias como as estalactites pingam água do tecto das cavernas."
Thank you to the writers!