Release date 31 October 2008

Label 4AD

Format CD, Vinyl, Digital



1. Fordlandia
2. Melodia (I)
3. The Rocket Builder (Io Pan!)
4. Melodia (II)
5. Fordlandia – Aerial View
6. Melodia (III)
7. Chimaerica
8. Melodia (IV)
9. The Great God Pan is Dead
10. Melodia (Guidelines for a Space Propulsion Device based on Heim’s Quantum Theory)
11. How We Left Fordlandia

After IBM 1401, A User’s Manual, Fordlandia is the second installment in a proposed trilogy dealing with technology and industrial archeology. Whereas IBM 1401, A User’s Manual was a personal response to technology and its inevitable obsolescence (inspired by his father’s work with mainframe computers in 1960s Iceland), Fordlandia springs out of a far more diffuse set of influences. It brings together the soaring grandeur of its predecessor, some sections were recorded with the same orchestra in Prague, and the intimacy of Englabörn, moving between heady, melting cadences and crystalline motifs with gorgeous, dreamlike logic.

In short, Fordlandia is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s most complete and beautiful piece of music to date; a fascinating, immersive and deeply rewarding web of ideas and melodies, which is sure to win him a legion of new listeners.