Foundry Field Recordings : Prompts/Miscues

<img src="https://www.qromag.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/08/ffrpromptsmiscues.jpg" alt=" " />With a post-apocalyptic sigh, The Foundry Field Recordings passive/ aggressively usher in a desolate future through streaming, lo-fi melancholy pop.  Broken by lost airwave transmissions,...
8.8 Emergency Umbrella
2006 

 With a post-apocalyptic sigh, The Foundry Field Recordings passive/ aggressively usher in a desolate future through streaming, lo-fi melancholy pop.  Broken by lost airwave transmissions, their album Prompts/Miscues beautifully signifies an end of an age of innocent expansion, with calm, ethereal ballads, waiting for the fallout to settle.  Songs of war raids blanket halcyon days, painting a moving scene of sun-lit annihilation.

Schuh’s disconnected, haunting vocals solemnly narrate though wispy, funereal melodies.  The refrain of "Warning Raids over Kiev" flirts with bliss, but flips the script, claiming ("We’re happy/To give it all back").  Feathery acoustic guitars underline reposeful solo waves in "Assembled Hazardly".

The most up-tempo track, "Holding The Pilots/Holding The Facts" rises on a galloping beat and cynical optimism as ("Everything’s on fire now/Everything is burning down").  But even from there, the album settles back into a placid, distant rhythm.  Even machines can’t escape the struggle in "Spain Never Made It".

"Circuits on Board" finishes the album with a logjam of static transmissions jumbled in the chaos, snapshots of what used to be.  As a social lesson, The Foundry Field Recordings serve us with a lush, humanitarian warning.  It’s not as stark as our Terror Color chart or as brief as a news report, but an brimming, indie symphonic memo to check ourselves.  If we don’t, we’ll all just be casualties.

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