Reviewed by Michael Dalton
"And that dismal cry rose slowly and sank slowly through the air full of spirits melancholy and eternity's despair and they heard the words it said; Pan is dead - Great Pan is dead."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Browning's words can be found inside the gatefold cover of Fordlandia, the towering new project written, produced and arranged by Icelandic native Johann Johannsson. But before you open it, look at that cover: it's dark yet defined with graphics of a non-descript synchronized mechanism. Layered over the top are Roman columns yet the columns stop halfway across the image. Turn the cover over and you'll notice the design starts to lose its uniform construction. It's not indicative of the flawless aural concoction inside…it's a visual reminder of the disaster that was Fordlandia, Henry Ford's plantation that was created to farm rubber but failed due to appalling working conditions and technical misjudgement.