Jóhann Jóhannsson ‎– Fordlandia

4AD ‎– CAD 2812 CD
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Orchestra recorded at Barrandov Studios, Smecky Soundstage, Prague.
String quartet recorded in Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik.
Pipe organ recorded in Langholtskirkja, Reykjavik and Bragernes church in Drammen, Norway.
Additional recordings in Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Tokyo.
Mixed in Sýrland, Reykjavik and in NTOV, Copenhagen.
Mastered at Abbey Road.

Published by Mute Song
Art direction and design at v23.

Manufactured in the UK

Packaging: 6-panel digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (String): 652637281224
  • Barcode (Text): 6 52637 28122 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1 & 2): arvato digital services 52943449/CAD2812CD 21
  • Mastering SID Code (Variant 1 & 2): IFPI LP 73
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 0752
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0757
  • Label Code: LC 05807

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
none Jóhann Jóhannsson Fordlandia(CDr, Album, Promo) 4AD, Beggars Japan none Japan 2008 Sell This Version
NTOV7 Jóhann Jóhannsson Fordlandia(2xLP, Album, Ltd, RE, Cle) NTOV NTOV7 US 2013 Sell This Version
WPCB10097 Jóhann Jóhannsson Fordlandia(CD, Album) 4AD WPCB10097 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2812 CD Jóhann Jóhannsson Fordlandia(CD, Album, Promo, Adv) 4AD CAD 2812 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
NTOV06 Jóhann Jóhannsson Fordlandia(2xLP, RE) NTOV NTOV06 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version


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August 23, 2011
I would most likely kill to get this on vinyl. Nothing else to be said about it.


December 25, 2008
A few years ago, when I was regularly creating mixes for a podcast, an idea came across to compile music for my funeral. One thing I am sure about - I will die. And when I pass on, music will be filling in the void that was once my presence. How touching. Why shouldn't I be the one to select the pieces that would make others weep? Yes, I'll admit, I can be self centered like that. For my opening track, I turned to Jóhann Jóhannsson, and his Odi Et Amo from Englabörn (4AD, 2007). Now, with the release of Fordlandia, I may need to compile a second volume. On second thought, just play the whole album! But don't get me wrong. I don't want to come across saying that Jóhannsson's compositions are full of funeral sound [perhaps that should be a genre in itself?]. Yet, this Icelandic-born modern classical musician composes some of the most beautiful and soul drenching works that I have ever heard. The saturation of emotion approaches even my limits, and my eyes swell up with tears, as the concrete humanity gets cleansed in the rain, out in the windows of my crawling train. This is Jóhannsson's sixth full length album. Besides these contemporary classical conceptual pieces, Jóhannsson produced about a dozen of soundtracks for [mostly] Icelandic films, shorts and documentaries. There are also his theatrical works, arrangements for many artists, and music for installations. It would be an understatement to say that Jóhann Jóhannsson is a prominent figure in Icelandic contemporary artistic community. After all, he's one of the co-founders (along with Kira Kira and Hilmar Jensson) behind Kitchen Motors, "a think tank, a record label, and an art collective specializing in instigating collaborations and putting on concerts, exhibitions, performances, chamber operas, producing films, books and radio shows based on the ideals of experimentation, collaboration, the search for new art forms and the breaking down of barriers between forms, genres and disciplines." Thematically, Fordlandia continues the exploration of technology where Jóhannsson's last conceptual album, IBM 1401, a User's Manual (4AD, 2006) left off. Jóhannsson elaborates: "one of the two main threads running through [Fordlandia] is this idea of failed utopia, as represented by the [its] title - the story of the rubber plantation Henry Ford established in the Amazon in the 1920's, and his dreams of creating an idealized American town in the middle of the jungle complete with white picket fences, hamburgers and alcohol prohibition." For a detailed insight into creation of the album, including a commentary on each individual track, you absolutely must visit Jóhannsson's web site. Fordlandia thus becomes a second installment in a series of works documenting human hunger for ideals, technological progress, doomed failures, and the beauty of nature reclaiming itself. Such it is still, music for the born and the departed. Highly recommended! Undoubtedly one of the best albums of 2008.