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The FieldCupid's Head

Label:Kompakt – KOMPAKT 290
Format:
2 x Vinyl, LP, Album
CD, Album
Country:Germany
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Experimental, Minimal, Krautrock

Tracklist

LP
A1They Won't See Me
A2Cupid's Head
BBlack Sea
C1A Guided Tour
C2No. No...
D20 Seconds Of Affection
CD
1They Won't See Me9:02
2Black Sea11:38
3Cupid's Head6:35
4A Guided Tour8:16
5No. No...9:02
620 Seconds Of Affection9:40
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Credits

  • Lacquer Cut ByK*
  • Mastered ByJörg Burger
  • Music ByThe Field
  • Photography BySonia Alvarez (4)
  • Sampler [Elektron Octatrack], Drum Machine [Elektron Machinedrum], Synthesizer [Elektron Analog4], Synthesizer [Roland SH-101], Synthesizer [Roland JX-3P], Bass, Recorded By, Mixed ByAxel Willner
  • VocalsKicki Halmos (tracks: 5, C2)
  • Written-By, ProducerThe Field

Notes

Recorded & mixed in Berlin at Garmonbozia Studios by Axel Willner. Mastered in Köln by Jörg Burger. All tracks written & produced by The Field. Kicki Halmos vocals on "No. No..."

Thanks to Sonia Alvarez, Dan Enqvist, Philipp Janzen, Jesper Skarin, Jörg Burger, Jon Berry, Olla Keijer, Bobbie Caris, Alessio Natalizia, Matteo Lavanga, Kicki Halmos, Victor Tarré, Sven Lison, Gesine Schönrock, Jens-Uwe Beyer and everyone at Kompakt.

Issued with matte black inner sleeves in a gatefold jacket.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 80319 08443 0
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 12012
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): KOM 290 A K SST MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): KOM 290 B K SST MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side C): KOM 290 C K SST MPO
  • Matrix / Runout (Side D): KOM 290 D MPO K SST

Other Versions (5 of 8)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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Cupid's Head (CD, Album)KompaktKOMPAKT CD 110Germany2013
Cupid's Head (CD, Album)Kompakt, High Note RecordsHN1122CDTaiwan2013
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Cupid's Head (CD, Promo, Cardboard Sleeve)KompaktKOMPAKT CD 110Germany2013
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Cupid's Head (CD, Album)Octave LabOTLCD1985Japan2013
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Cupid's Head (CD, Album)KompaktKOMPAKT CD 110Germany2013

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  • DavroC83's avatar
    DavroC83
    Just got this.. lovely album, but a lousy pressing.. warped and kinda dirty looking. New/sealed. Annoying.
    • jancito303's avatar
      jancito303
      Edited 4 years ago
      It is beyond insane how good this is.
      Fuck all this fluffy bullshit that is selling for fortunes.
      Do yourself a favor and PLEASE snatch this while it is cheap.
      You will thank me later.
      • snowden101's avatar
        snowden101
        Edited 6 years ago
        This for me is the perfection of techno. When I first heard "They Wont See Me" in a dark room with headphones I realised that I'd experienced a couple of 'first times' in those wondrously elongated 9 minutes of looping samples. It was the first time techno had felt so tangibly organic and the first time I had ever had the birth of a universe conjured up in my mind by music alone. It's the event horizon of music, it's the dying drift of a lone spaceman, it's the implosion of a billion stars, the gentle opening of the first fern and it shits all over everything else.

        • Headphone_Commute's avatar
          For the past six years, whenever a new record by Axel Willner hits the streets, I usually approach it in the most reserved and skeptic way. “Oh, here we go again,” I’m thinking, “an hour of the same repeating loops. Why would these loops be any better this time, and why is it The Field that does it best?” But as I place my trust into the hands of Kompakt, the doubting cynic slowly starts to fade away. For yet another round of circling music, it is somehow unique, hypnotic and sublime. And as each track approaches its five-minute luring center, I know that Cupid’s Head will stay in queue on long repeat.

          Ever since Willner’s debut on Kompakt in 2007, titled From Here We Go Sublime, the scene’s dissenters often wondered, how long this beat can go and why. On the surface of each record, a repetitive phrasing of a four-second bar would leisurely evolve with minute changes, tiny shifts and microscopic blends. But somehow, throughout the years of slow and minim variations, with Looping State of Mind (2011) and Yesterday and Today (2009), it is The Field that keeps this heartbeat rolling on and on. Perhaps Willner has discovered a basic secret in which the rhythm becomes a mesmerizing daydream, spreading its pulsating fingers across your mind in soporific waves. Perhaps the elements he adds to trance-inducing patterns are not as simple as they first appear to be. Perhaps with Cupid’s Head he has perfected soothing soundscapes, which gently cover cadence with their dazed narcotic warmth. All this and more, is a testament to Willner’s success with misconstrued restraint behind his music. No doubt that Kompakt has correctly seen this from the start.

          “When I started to work on Cupid’s Head, it was quite awkward”, says Axel, “I felt that I had nothing to put into a new album and I’m not the type to sit down and force something out in the studio. But then, after a few modest attempts, I got a first loop together and running.”

          On his fourth full length release, the Berlin-based Swede slightly shifts a bit into slightly darker territory – a welcome move for those indifferent to joy. This aesthetic is mostly prevalent in “Black Sea” where after seven minutes of major-chord glitching strings, swirling pads and near-disco beat, the track abruptly shifts into a dire district, in which the synth arpeggios advance to psychedelic heights. The bass lead is almost 303 in nature, as its frequency and resonance are tweaked in opiate exhaust. On the title track of the album, an undecipherable phrase lays groundwork for rhythm, and this recursive loop holds on to cranium like high electric burn. As per Willner’s comments, it’s the loop in “No. No…” that laid the groundwork for this release: “an intense piece of concrete poetry dissolving in gorgeous swathes of sound…”

          The Field’s etheric sound continues to soothe, anesthetize and drown. Like a headcleaner for muddled thoughts and scrambled state of mind, his music somehow launders all that’s crumbled, stiff and foul. Emerging from an hour-long traversal of these numb spellbinding edges, I feel like I have just climbed out of a gripping rabbit hole. But with its trip so magnetizing and enchanting, I’ll gladly plunge into the loop again, again, again, again, again…
          • Hardcoder's avatar
            Hardcoder
            Love this album. It still sits firmly within the style of The Field, so no big surprises, but like the other albums, subtle shifts in the sound and ideas give Cupid's Head its own identity. To me it feels the samples are freer - tones are less perfect, little dischords are more evident than the earlier albums. Beats are chunkier, the sound a little harsher. I think most of all, a big part of it is the arrangement: it seems more improvised and possibly performed live. To me it has a nostalgia for 90's techno that was produced off the cuff, with the focus on the layers and how they build on each other. Absent is complex arrangement trickery obviously twiddled for hours with a mouse and moniter. For me this gives the album its transcendent beauty. It just is, it encompasses you, and you can just slip easily into the soundmass and soak it up. No bother or distractions. Just aural massage.

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