Music To Write To: “Fordlândia”


There’s something about Icelandic musicians. Every artist I’ve encountered from that captivating island has made music that I can write to. I even found out the other day one of my favorite female singer/songwriters was from Iceland, a fact I was ignorant of for a decade (I’m talking about Emilíana Torrini, whose creepy/beautiful voice can be heard singing “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

Today’s MtWt comes from the moody, fantastic, epic work of Jóhann Jóhannsson. If you caught the trailer for Battle: Los Angeles a few years back then you’ve heard his work before. Fordlândia is an album I can put on and just get lost in. And I suppose it ties in with the World Cup, since the title of the album is a reference to the infamous planned community in Brazil created by Henry Ford. It was a disastrous attempt to establish a source for rubber for the Ford Motor Company, and also a chance for Ford himself to enforce his draconian rules of living on the local workers.

On that fun note, enjoy the music!

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