Field Mu­sic

Exclaim! - - REVIEWS -

Open Here

Sun­der­land, UK’s Field Mu­sic have re­turned with Open Here af­ter a brief two years; it’s a lush, well-or­ches­trated af­fair that finds Pe­ter and David Brewis speak­ing clev­erly and hon­estly about per­sonal and wide-rang­ing is­sues. “Is sym­pa­thy too se­ri­ous a thing to take se­ri­ously?” Pe­ter asks, be­fore as­sert­ing that there is “noth­ing else so deep as time and joy,” over play­ful beats, crisp gui­tars and lilt­ing flute lines. The band have re­ferred to this record as de­fi­ant — us­ing pos­i­tiv­ity in their mu­sic while fac­ing ad­ver­sity — and one can hear it through the al­bum’s ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, range of in­stru­men­ta­tion and ma­jor-key melodies. How­ever, Field Mu­sic aren’t shy­ing away from di­rect crit­i­cism of cur­rent at­ti­tudes: David has penned the un­likely jam “Count It Up” all about priv­i­lege. Mu­si­cally, the band have crafted songs that make use of a tight rhythm sec­tion and ex­pres­sive gui­tar, as well as fuller num­bers, com­plete with sax­o­phone, trum­pet, strings and flute. The broth­ers’ knack for har­monies re­mains, as heard in the cas­cad­ing vo­cals of “Check­ing on a Mes­sage,” and the in­stru­men­tal outro on “No King No Princess,” which glides the song to a close. It’s wel­come to hear th­ese quiet mo­ments on an al­bum that

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.