Vision Fortune

Country Music is the second album by prolific experimentalists Vision Fortune, and their first for ATP Recordings, having previously released music with the likes of Gringo(Hookworms), Italian Beach Babes(Eagulls, Fear of Men, Male Bonding) and Rocket(Goat, Teeth of the Sea). Recorded during an intense two-month research residency, generously funded by the Cuatroquesos Foundation, in the idyllic yet remote region of Tuscany, Italy, Country Music is both a significant development and audible departure from the sound of the band’s debut Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune. Confined in an expansive country villa for the duration of the project, the group soon found the breathtaking beauty of the area little compensation for the almost complete lack of wheat-and/or gluten-free products, a severely limited selection of DVDs, and minimal recording equipment. Only able to record in scant free hours, and forced to make the most of their immediate sonic environment, the group often had no choice but to forgo their simple daily routines of sampling local gastronomic delicacies and honing their horse-riding skills in order to complete the album. In spite of these obstacles, the ever-adventurous Vision Fortune have created their most sonically inventive work to date – sparse, yet incredibly detailed and precise – ‘Blossom”s resigned and fragile vocal layers feature an appearance by the live-in maggiordomo, for example – whilst the percussion on ‘Dry Mouth’ was created solely from the sound of silverware chiming against fine china bowls of foie gras d’oie.