Field Music - Field Music (Measure)
After three years, rumours of break-up and various side-projects, Field Music have returned with a mammoth 20 track double album in the shape of Field Music (Measure). Comprising brothers’ Peter and David Brewis, and newbies Ian Black and Kevin Dosdale, Field Music have made the lengthy wait worthwhile and created a truly cohesive and exciting indie-pop record.
Their time away in their respective side-projects, namely David's School of Language and Peter's The Week That Was, seems to have reinvigorated Field Music and this is apparent in the sheer diversity of the recording. Tracks such as ’Them That Do Nothing’ and the quirky, piano-led ‘The Rest Is Noise’ take their cues from The Beatles, in particular some lovely vocal harmonies. ‘Clear Water’s off-kilter guitar and drums sees the band taking a more ‘prog’ direction, while dark and brooding opener ‘In The Mirror’ recalls Arcade Fire in parts with its eerie piano and evil, squealing guitar. The weirdness continues with ‘Let’s Write a Book’, its main guitar line rather strangely recalling the music from the Super Mario Bros games.
There’s beauty in the record too. A highlight comes midway through the album with ‘You and I’. One of the slower pieces, its ethereal guitar and keyboard - coupled with some calm and resigned vocals from the brothers Brewis - creates a beautiful and serene atmosphere. Elsewhere, the addition of strings on tracks such as ‘Measure’ and ‘Precious Plans’, adds a whole other layer to the music without making it seem cluttered or messy.
Despite the diverse sounds on offer across the two discs, it all seems to come together as a whole very well. A double album was always going to be a challenge for an act who have been away for a lengthy period of time, but Field Music have nailed it in a way which most bands of their ilk would have struggled to do.
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