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German Army
More Bitter Fruit

Enigmatic San Bernardino, California duo German Army are one of the most prolific but consistently reliable projects in the contemporary underground. This LP concerns the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, creating an impressionistic narrative from interview samples and ominous sonics. For fans of Throbbing Gristle, early Cabaret Voltaire, Muslimgauze etc.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP50)

German Army
Diaspora of Intolerance

This compilation is made up of the recording sessions that would become three separate cassette releases for German Army - Barrineans, T’rung, and the self-titled German Army that were released in true micro-available fashion in 2014. Pitched as post-industrial you find yourself in a ruleless world of Coil and Nurse With Wound sonic freedom. It’s glorious and might also send you a little loopy.

German Army
Te Ano

German Army, who are not, in actual fact, a national military at all, have been jamming around with their shelves of lo-fi electronics again, and Te Ano is what they have to show for it. The textures are thick and grey, but also full of life: we even have vocals and songs swirling around in the murk! Cassette release from Opal Tapes.
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German Army and Old Komm
Disquiet

This release by German Army (possibly not the actual german army) in collaboration with Russian crew Old Komm is an ‘imaginary soundtrack’ to the film Disquiet. The vibe is heavy and industrial and dark, with passages of beats and vocals rubbing up against other passages of malevolent ambience. LP release on Discrepant.
  • Vinyl LP (CREP33)
  • Artist(s):
  • German Army

German Army
Kalash Tirich Mir

Not entirely convinced that this is the musical produce of the real German Army… at least, it would be highly impressive if military regimen still allowed for this kind of odd, lo-fi industrial droning. In fact, this is an American duo, and Kalash Tirich Mir is their fifth LP, following releases on the heady likes of Opal Tapes and Chondritich Sound. This one is on Yerevan Tapes.

German Army
In Transit

Lo-fi experimental duo German Army head “back to Winnipeg” for this release on Manitoba’s Dub Ditch Picnic label. In Transit is something of a compilation, gathering up 27 tracks that were previously spread across an armful of small-run cassettes. Lots of approaches to sound here, usually with a woozy vibe.

German Army
Chigwe

Recorded in San Bernandino, California, Chigwe by the provocatively titled German Army touches on the sounds of Starving Weirdos at their most immersive. Here Peter Kris and Norm Heston channel the deepest sounds of the rainforest. Out on tape from Irish label Fort Evil Fruit. Limited to 70 copies only!

German Army
Jivaro Witnesses

"German Army incorporates the memories of the vintage recordings of Cabaret Voltaire, Dark Day, Hafler Trio, and Kaa Antílope, albeit with a stylized, unique european manner of understanding the genre. Their sound, akin to Cabaret Voltaire, does not constitute a mere copy of these, but treats paranoia as a primordial sonic expression, and sound as a virus that spreads across the spoken word setting mechanisms that have remained hidden in the listener. They are not an ambient band, but the deep mark of Zoviet France and Nocturnal Emissions makes itself evident in the way they shaped the volt anatomy against a sky full of threatingly watching drones." 

German Army
Last Language

Last Language is German Army’s third LP in 2013, coming after more than a dozen releases since 2011 on a range of imprints. With prior releases, the anonymous, Los Angeles-based post-industrial/dark-wave duo has invited labels to assemble albums and cassettes from groups of interconnected recordings. Last Language is the first of their releases designed track-by-track to function as a single album, assembled specifically for Portuguese imprint A Giant Fern by anonymous masked mainstay X and his anonymous masked keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, affectionately known here as Y. The layered facade of post-modern cognition explored so well by their prolific discography appears chiseled by a more stringent approach, an unwilted offering that — in spite of its edge — preserves a disarming provocativeness. Conceived and recorded at night, as with many German Army concepts, the album pulls together all the dystopic themes of previous releases into a more singular statement about the exigencies of human perception. Steeped variously in layers of reverb, drone, or effects, the indeterminacy of their production and mixing reflects at all times the fragility of constructed narratives, interlocking loops and synth sequences sometimes only leading tenuously into one another. Last Language conjures an immersive, dreamlike state and aided by the descriptive nature of its spoken elements, it weaves a responsive range of shifting tones and beats, emerging convoluted and fragmented, as if distantly placed. Its animus emerges through echoing synth channels and chained rhythmic patterns, with spoken word vocals and the periodic intrusion of glossolalic utterances, the album cuts straight to the heart of uncertainty. It isn’t all anxiety, though it may seem so on tracks like “Basket,” with its invented language and heavy, stuttered beat, or with the disembodied call and response of “Lost in a Canyon” and the unrelenting, shambolic progress of “Boiled Flesh.” Others leave room to explore more desirable topics, like resolution, of all things. “Communion with Form” is an early standout and exemplary instance of just how beautiful the result can be when the duo focuses heavily on their own, distinct structural outlook, and for one of the album’s bigger downers, “Major Outlet”— inspired by a bad trip to San Bernardino — the tone stays surprisingly airy. To some extent, that dual nature is illustrative of the band. Derived in part from meditations on mediocrity, the no-wave inflected output of German Army is both a purgative for its anonymous proprietors, and anyone else that feels a coercive presence at work in their world. Dwight Pavlovic / X / Carlos Costa Tracks: 1. Basket (4:51)2. Fortified Ground (2:36)3. Rebuild the Story (2:54)4. Communion with Form (2:35)5. Major Outlet (2:58)6. Smoked Voice (3:35)7. Lost in a Canyon (3:04)8. Economic Diet (5:05)9. Boiled Flesh (1:40)10. Gloomed (3:46)