The Field - Looping State Of Mind

Fans of the excellent Yesterday & Today will know what to expect from The Field’s follow-up album. Yes, there are loops; these seven tracks breach the hour mark with repetition few artists would dare. This might be more easily understood if the music could be classed as dance, but it’s not precisely. Only the superb 'It’s Up There', nailing euphoric bliss, is quite fit for dancefloor purpose. If such repetition sounds off-putting, be assured The Field (long fleshed out from one man to three) reward full attention with nuance, gradual layering of sound, and possibly a twist in the tale as a track draws to a close.

'Is This Power' is best described as droning space disco for most of its running time, an unexpected picked bass lending the closing minutes a sudden jazzy feel. On a couple of tunes, The Field do encroach on other acts’ territory: 'Burned Out' has a pastoral, psychedelic vibe, akin to the mellower end of The Chemical Brothers’ repertoire; while 'Then It’s White' (piano, ghostly noises) mimics rather too closely a track from Sigur Ros(). Closer 'Sweet Slow Baby' might unflatteringly be described as somewhere between a CD skipping and a washing machine in action, yet attentive listening reveals a heroic yell trying to escape the revolutions. For those willing to look for such detail, Looping State Of Mind comes recommended.

Overall

7

out of 10

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