Taushiro

by German Army

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German Army - Taushiro

No matter what your underground scene affiliation(s) might be, you've probably heard about German Army. In four years of prolific discipline, the mysterious duo behind GeAr have issued 30-ish tapes, CDs and records on small labels around the world, not to mention many side projects. New cassettes appear almost monthly from unpredictable international locations, and vinyl compilations act as curated "annual reports." This far into their incredibly efficient album release cycle, they've started to upend the curatorial aspect of record label operations, and the band is essentially curating labels, rather than the other way around. The act of simply keeping up with German Army is a fantastic way to find great labels and other artists around the world.

This flexi/digital release is something a little different: "Taushiro" is rooted in the same kinds of early industrial textures as their other work, but it's also a peek behind the curtain, a document of the daily creative rituals behind the project. This is the fabrication of gears within the complex machinations of GeAr. There are fits and starts, sampling experiments, and even hints of humor one rarely finds in their expansive discography. German Army is often compared to early Cabaret Voltaire, and in a sense "Taushiro" is the "basement tapes" to CV's "Attic Tapes."

But this is decidedly not a "Voice of America." Like other German Army releases, whose album and song titles spotlight tribal cultures near extinction or already gone, "Taushiro" is closer to a "Voice of Mesoamerica," drawing attention to the Taushiro people of Northern Peru, their history, traditions, and language. These folks dwindled from a modest society of several thousand in the 17th century to less than ten in recent decades, following an all-too-familiar narrative: they were"relocated" by Catholic missionaries, hunter/entrepeneurs arrived to "liberate" their natural resources and further chase them from native lands, and exposure to foreign pathogens brought waves of devastating epidemics. Tragically, it may be too late for them.

In recent decades, what little cultural identity remains of the Taushiro or their Urarina neighbors (mostly a widespread traditional use of ayahuasca throughout the region) has been made into fodder for the affluent spiritual tourism of Stuart Wilde's etheric fieldwork clientele. But it’s too late for them. Now they’ve been replaced by waves of Vice Media-loving daredevil psychonaut bro-tourists, getting high on the fumes of fading cultures. And it may be too late for them.

Don’t let it be too late for you.

-Scott Scholz

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released June 11, 2015

German Army is Peter Kris and Norm Heston
Contact: GERMANARMYSOUND@GMAIL.COM

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