Monday, August 27, 2012

German Army - "Hoatzin" c36 (No Kings

Sourced from the always convenient wiki: The Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin), also known as the HoactzinStinkbird, or Canje Pheasant, is a species of tropical bird found in swamps, riverine forest and mangrove of the Amazon and the Orinoco delta in South America. It is notable for having chicks that possess claws on two of their wing digitsIt is the only member of the genus Opisthocomus (Ancient Greek: "wearing long hair behind," referring to its large crest, which in turn is the only extant genus in the family Opisthocomidae. The taxonomic position of this family has been greatly debated, and is still far from clear.

What the bird background has to do with the latest music from German Army I can't for the life of me understand, but it doesn't matter in the long run because this is haze abstracted crazy person music. I love it for its weirdness. It isn't scary weird, just plain odd - with hiss fucking analog beats, evolving key tones, and mysterious voice overs - like music recorded at different times, by different people played on top of each other from a variety of tape machines in a padded room. 

I tried to sleuth some facts about this band, but you know what happens when you google "german army?" NOTHING about this band, that's for sure! OK, that isn't exactly true, but I'm not writing a history of WWII here, so...I managed to find some tidbits like the GA consist of two people who go by Chin Genie and Meatball Maker. They also come from Los Angeles. Some pit of darkness I'd like to imagine, where sound is a physical creature that needs to be tamed and dissected by these two mad scientists...yet the reality is probably way less interesting...still, I will listen to this tape as captured audio from a subterranean laboratory where questionable experiments take place.

The label, No Kings, does a fantastic job with their packaging so I would recommend spending time on their site HERE. Have FUN!

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