Saturday, April 3, 2010

Red Sparowes: Every Red Heart Shines Towards The Red Sun

I was very surprised to find this used at the record store. The second album from the Red Sparowes, Every Red Heart Shines Towards The Red Sun released in 2006 on Neurot Records.

Very nice matte gatefold cover and nice black vinyl. Long out of print.

Wiki explains the concept behind the record very well.

Despite having no lyrics, the album (by way of its song titles) follows the story of the Great Leap Forward in Mao Zedong-era China, more specifically recounting the Great sparrow campaign, a mass killing of sparrows (along with rats, flies and mosquitoes) that fed on a portion of the harvest and were seen as pests. Peasants were encouraged to bang pots and pans to scare sparrows into continuing flight, eventually killing them from exhaustion. Whilst the harvest of the year after the campaign was larger, there was a massive rise in locust numbers in the late 1950s, as a result of the significantly lower population of sparrows, a major predator of the locust.

Along with other programs in the Great Leap Forward the great sparrow campaign caused widespread famine where, between 1959 and 1961, 38 million people died of starvation.

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