Gerry Loves Records released a split Field Mouse &The Japanese War Effort EP on 5th December 2011. A decidedly innovative warm sounding eclectictronica album available on strictly limited edition cassette with accompanying digital download. Featuring five tracks by each artist, the cassette comes packaged in handmade Indian cotton paper with original artwork from Eva Spielvogel & James Marno.
Field Mouse is Jay Kural, a sonic phenomenon based in the Clyde Valley. Working around the confines of genre, Field Mouse blends hip hop, electronica and acoustic sounds into a blur of breaks, ambience and melody. Found sound, vinyl samples and synths mesh together in a wide haze that hints at influences from Daedelus or Múm, with glancing rays of instrumental pop sun through his deliciously beat-heavy programming. This split EP marks his debut release for Gerry Loves, after a slew of remixes and compilation appearances in the last eighteen months. Featuring vocal contributions from Yahweh and Conquering Animal Sound alongside live favourites “Toy” and “Leaf Origami”, the EP precedes plans for a full length album in 2012. The Japanese War Effort is a one man ambient pop band, based in the city of Glasgow. Martin Moog, or James Scott, is one half of Conquering Animal Sound, but when working alone contrives to create a form of stylised electronic pop music quite different from his day job. Initially experimenting with found sound collages and rhythms, Moog now marries the folk/electronic sounds of Four Tet with the poignant Scotticisms of Ivor Cutler in dextrous compositions, layered in stuttering techno kicks and imperfect takes, and bridges the gap between pop song sensibilities and a love of the abstract.