News that Cologne’s Kompakt Records would be releasing the fourth full studio album of The Field ‘Cupid’s Head’ at the end of September was greeted with great excitement here at Data Transmission Towers. ‘Cupid’s Head’ was the first solo recording of The Field, real name Axel Willner since his debut LP and the first to be made completely using hardware with no computers involved in its production and went straight in as our techno loving editors album of the month.
Now Axel has revealed plans to release a new album next year under his “noise/drone project” moniker HANDS. Entitled ‘The Soul Is Quick’ the LP will be seeing release via Kompakt affiliate Walls imprint Ecstatic. The press release reveals the upcoming effort to follow suit to his previous works as highly contextualized with four tracks sharing the same title in “Beelitz-Heilstätten” in reference to “a 60-building treatment sanatorium complex southwest of Berlin, and built in the late 19th century to help rehabilitate the growing number of tuberculosis patients in the expanding city of Berlin.”
Speaking on the upcoming work, Willner himself describes the album as “a protest record for when you’ve had enough of how the world works, when you find yourself taking inspiration from human decay rather than brighter things” and claims the record has been produced solely using “a Roland JX-3P, Roland SH-101, Tenori-On, and Elektron Machinedrum,”
Scheduled to arrive February 10th it sounds good to us Axel!