Sadly, the story of Appalachian Beat Systems will forever, it seems, be unfinished.
Early in February 2017, the Hook-Rook brothers--Cyril and Abram--and their companion Hans Glittel retreated back to their secluded woodland cabin following the release of their first compilation, "Pigeonheads!". On their first night back home, they invited friend Forrest "Forecast-K" Keynard to play a little jig on piano, which would eventually evolve into "Moon Scroll". Placed at the front of this song collection, as it is believed to be the oldest of these recordings.
Since that night, the Hook-Rook brothers, and their friend Hans, have never been seen again.
What follows is recovered from a simple white flash drive found in their home following their disappearance, spartanly labeled "ABSLP2 [SESSIONS]" in black sharpie. There were no signs of the siblings or their friend, and indeed, no signs that the trio had been there in some time. Two items were found in addition to the flash drive. Three abandoned latex bird masks, and a note, hand-written in all capital letters. Reproduced below in its entirety;
THIS WORLD IS NOT BEAUTIFUL,
WHICH ITSELF LENDS IT A SORT OF BEAUTY.
THIS PLANET IS BURNING,
YET RADIO WAVES MIGHT SAVE US YET.
HERE IS WHERE THE WORLD ENDS,
AND A NEW ONE BEGINS
CLOSE THIS WORLD
OPEN THE NEXT
WE BEQUEATH OUR SONGBOOK TO JANE THE WITCH.
A NEW MORE BEAUTIFUL WORLD IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
- CYRIL, ABRAM, HANS
In their honor, and one last time
we present songs about life, cloud, magic, and dream, made with synthesizer, sample, and effect of all manner.
Appalachian Beat Systems.
This record is intended to be listened to in sequential order, on headphones, in the MP3 format. It is approximately 23 minutes in length.
All songs recorded in 2017 at The Wind Temple In Appalachia. Walnutport, PA.
Composed with FL Studio and other programs, with the assistance of an AKM320 MIDI controller and a JARAS-brand cassette player & AM/FM radio.
presented by Diamondfish Records.
released May 12, 2017
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