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Flat White Moon

    "We want to make people feel good about things that we feel terrible about." says David Brewis, who has co-led the band Field Music with his brother Peter since 2004. It's a statement which seems particularly fitting to their latest album, Flat White Moon released via Memphis Industries.

    Sporadic sessions for the album began in late 2019 at the pair's studio in Sunderland, slotted between rehearsals and touring. The initial recordings pushed a looser performance aspect to the fore, inspired by some of their very first musical loves; Free, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and The Beatles; old tapes and LPs pilfered from their parents' shelves. But a balance between performance and construction has always been an essential part of Field Music.

    By March 2020, recording had already begun for most of the album's tracks and, with touring for Making A New World winding down, Peter and David were ready to plough on and finish the record.

    The playfulness that’s evident in much of Flat White Moon's music became a way to offset the darkness and the sadness of many of the lyrics. Much of the album is plainly about loss and grief, and also about the guilt and isolation which comes with that.

    Those personal upheavals are apparent on songs like Out of the Frame, where the loss of a loved one is felt more deeply because they can't be found in photographs and compounded by the suspicion that you caused their absence, or on When You Last Heard From a Linda, which details the confusion of being unable to penetrate a best friend's loneliness in the darkest of circumstances.

    Some songs are more impressionistic. Orion From The Streets combines Studio Ghibli, a documentary about Cary Grant and an excess of wine to become a hallucinogenic treatise on memory and guilt.. Others, such as Not When You're In Love, are more descriptive. Here, the narrator guides us through slide- projected scenes, questioning the ideas and semantics of 'love' as well the reliability of his own memory. For the most part, the album has fewer explicitly political themes than previous records, though there is No Pressure, about a political class who feel no obligation to take responsibility if they can finagle a narrative instead. And there's I'm The One Who Wants To Be With You which skirts its way around toxic masculinity through teenage renditions of soft-rock balladry.

    On Flat White Moon Field Music take on the challenge of representing negative emotions in a way that doesn't dilute or obscure them but which can still uplift. The result is a generous record of bounteous musical ideas, in many ways Field Music's most immediately gratifying to date.

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: I'm a bit late to the Field Music party, I have to admit. Always quite liked them when I heard them, but never really got into them properly, despite people telling me I should (yes Marc Riley, you were right!)
    But I thought the last album 'Making A New World' was amazing and this one is equally as good.
    Flat White Moon is full of intricate, multi-layered songs. They're arty and clever (but not in an annoying smart-arse way) and they know how to write a pop song too!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Orion From The Street
    2. Do Me A Favour
    3. Not When You're In Love
    4. Out Of The Frame
    5. When You Last Heard From Linda
    6. No Pressure
    7. In This City
    8. I'm The One Who Wants To Be With You
    9. Meant To Be
    10. Invisible Days
    11. The Curtained Room
    12. You Get Better

    Field Music

    Measure

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      FIELD MUSIC RECORD STORE DAY TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY REISSUE Back on vinyl for the first time since its original pressing in 2010, Field Music's Measure is released on 180g Red and Yellow vinyl.Limited to 500 copies. A landmark in Field Music's long and varied history, it marked their return from a self-imposed hiatus with a gloriously rich LP that entwined the brother's love of the rock music cannon with a rediscovery of some of pop's overlooked adventurers.Themes disappear and reappear.Some songs flow together, others intrude on each other.There are contradictions and ripostes.There appears to be a great deal of defiance and a fair amount of resignation. Can it make sense? Does it matter if there is no sense? What strands can hold together the dissonant funk of 'Let's Write A Book' (a call to arms for the perpetually apologetic), the mutated blues of 'Each Time Is A New Time' (a riposte to misplaced faith in repetition), the chopping and splashing pop driven through 'Them That Do Nothing' (perhaps about a valiant willingness to make mistakes), the multilayered riffery of 'The Rest Is Noise' or the epic found-sound song cycle that starts with 'See You Later'? Perhaps, then, the central strand of this sprawling Tusk meets The English Settlement epic is simply that this is the album when the Brewis brothers truly became Field Music.Even on a record as varied as this their sound and approach can still be identified as their own.As David said at the time: "In the past we might not have had faith that it was sufficient just to be us.But now I think we do." "Field Music's most bounteous harvest yet." ---- Mojo "A work of incredible beauty and complexity." ---- The Sunday Times "The brothers Brewis reconvene to make a modern gem." ----- Uncut "A superbly off kilter record from Sunderland's Sparks" ---- Q

      Field Music

      Making A New World

        Field Music’s new release is “Making A New World”, a 19 track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War. But this is not an album about war and it is not, in any traditional sense, an album about remembrance. There are songs here about air traffic control and gender reassignment surgery. There are songs about Tiananmen Square and about ultrasound. There are even songs about Becontree Housing Estate and about sanitary towels. 

        The songs grew from a project for the Imperial War Museum and were first performed at their sites in Salford and London in January 2019. The starting point was an image from a 1919 publication on munitions by the US War Department, made using “sound ranging”, a technique that utilised an array of transducers to capture the vibrations of gunfire at the front. These vibrations were displayed on a graph, similar to a seismograph, where the distances between peaks on different lines could be used to pinpoint the location of enemy armaments. This particular image showed the minute leading up to 11am on 11th November 1918, and the minute immediately after. One minute of oppressive, juddering noise and one minute of near-silence. “We imagined the lines from that image continuing across the next hundred years,” says the band’s David Brewis, “and we looked for stories which tied back to specific events from the war or the immediate aftermath.” If the original intention might have been to create a mostly instrumental piece, this research forced and inspired a different approach. These were stories itching to be told.

        The songs are in a kind of chronological order, starting with the end of the war itself; the uncertainty of heading home in a profoundly altered world (“Coffee or Wine”). Later we hear a song about the work of Dr Harold Gillies (the shimmering ballad, “A Change of Heir”), whose pioneering work on skin grafts for injured servicemen led him, in the 1940s, to perform some of the very first gender reassignment surgeries. We see how the horrors of the war led to the Dada movement and how that artistic reaction was echoed in the extreme performance art of the 60s and 70s (the mathematical head-spin of “A Shot To The Arm”). And then in the funk stomp of Money Is A Memory, we picture an office worker in the German Treasury preparing documents for the final instalment on reparation debts - a payment made in 2010, 91 years after the Treaty of Versailles was signed. A defining, blood-spattered element of 20th century history becomes a humdrum administrative task in a 21st century bureaucracy.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Sound Ranging
        2. Silence
        3. Coffee Or Wine
        4. Best Kept Garden
        5. I Thought You Were Something Else
        6. Between Nations
        7. A Change Of Heir
        8. Do You Read Me?
        9. From A Dream, Into My Arms
        10. Beyond That Of Courtesy
        11. A Shot To The Arm
        12. A Common Language Pt 1
        13. A Common Language Pt 2
        14. Nikon Pt 1
        15. Nikon Pt 2
        16. If The Wind Blows Towards The Hospital
        17. Only In A Man’s World
        18. Money Is A Memory
        19. An Independent State

        The two years since Commontime have been strange and turbulent. If you thought the world made some kind of sense, you may have questioned yourself a few times in the past two years. And that questioning, that erosion of faith - in people, in institutions, in shared experience - runs through every song on the new Field Music album.

        But there's no gloom here. For Peter and David Brewis, playing together in their small riverside studio has been a joyful exorcism. Open Here is the last in a run of five albums made at the studio, an unprepossessing unit on a light industrial estate in Sunderland. Whilst the brothers weren't quite tracking while the wrecking balls came, the eviction notice received in early 2017 gave them a sense of urgency in the recording of Open Here.

        There probably won't be many other rock records this year, or any year, which feature quite so much flute and flugelhorn (alongside the saxophones, string quartet and junk box percussion). But somehow or other, it comes together. Over thirteen years and six albums, Field Music have managed to carve a niche where all of these sounds can find a place; a place where pop music can be as voracious as it wants to be.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: Oh Field music, will your jagged chords and thumping, percussive oddness never grow weary? Apparently not, because here we have another outing that hasn't been off the shop stereo since we got the promo a few weeks back. We're all still enamoured here, and you will be too.

        TRACK LISTING

        Time In Joy
        Count It Up
        Front Of House
        Share A Pillow
        Open Here
        Goodbye To The Country
        Checking On A Message
        No King No Princess
        Cameraman
        Daylight Saving
        Find A Way To Keep Me

        'Commontime' is the first album of new songs from North East siblings Peter and David Brewis since 'Plumb' in 2012 and their fifth album 'proper' since their debut in 2005. After four years threading a way through one extra-curricular project after another, the space that Field Music vacated still appears to be empty and Field Music-shaped. No one else really does what Field Music do; the interweaving vocals, the rhythmic gear changes, the slightly off-chords, but with the sensibility that keeps them within touching distance of pop music.

        All this is present again but things are different this time. Where 'Plumb' was an album of vignettes and segues, 'Commontime' edges towards what people might call “proper songs”. Field Music have never shown off their unashamed love of choruses quite like they do on this record. Lyrically, Peter and David continue to mine that inexhaustible seam wondering how on earth we ended up here, in this situation, as these people. Over fourteen songs, conversations are replayed and friendships are left to drift. And all the while, that thing you were trying to remember has changed while your head was turned.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        says: The Brewis brothers return with more perfectly realised funky, melodic, math-pop (and not forgetting 70's rock!?) nuggets. It's an incredible blend that's just built for repeated listens. Possibly their best yet.

        TRACK LISTING

        The Noisy Days Are Over
        Disappointed
        But Not For You
        I'm Glad
        Don’t You Want To Know
        What's Wrong?
        How Should I Know If You've Changed?
        Trouble At The Lights
        They Want You To Remember
        It's A Good Thing
        The Morning Is Waiting
        Same Name
        Stay Awake

        Field Music

        Music For Drifters

          ‘Music for Drifters’ is a recording of a newly composed, cinematic score for John Grierson's landmark 1929 film ‘Drifters’ on the UK's herring fishing industry, widely regarded as the first British narrative documentary.

          The composition was originally commissioned for a live performance and screening of ‘Drifters’ at 2013's Berwick Film Festival and Field Music (featuring Peter and David Brewis plus original keyboardist Andy Moore) will be performing the score again at screenings of the film across April and May.

          Silver colour vinyl, silver board gatefold sleeve.

          Limited to 750 copies.

          Field Music (a.k.a. Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis) release their hugely anticipated fourth album, 'Plumb', through Memphis Industries.

          With 15 tracks crammed into 35 minutes, 'Plumb' remodels the modular, fragmented style of the first two Field Music albums; only now shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th century film music from Bernstein to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory and with the off-beam funk and pristine synth-rock developed on the brothers' School of Language and The Week That Was albums.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          says: Amazing album! A bit mathy and proggy but the difference with Field Music is it's always poppy! This record sounds like one enormous song with a thousand different parts, all perfectly slotted together like a crazy musical jigsaw. Unbelievable!

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Start The Day Right
          2. It’s Okay To Change
          3. Sorry Again, Mate
          4. A New Town
          5. Choosing Sides
          6. A Prelude To Pilgrim Street
          7. Guillotine
          8. Who’ll Pay The Bills?
          9. So Long Then
          10. Is This The Picture?
          11. From Hide And Seek To Heartache
          12. How Many More Times?
          13. Ce Soir
          14. Just Like Everyone Else
          15. (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing

          Field Music

          Field Music (Measure)

            Following a self-imposed three year hiatus Sunderland's Field Music return with a new 20 track double album. Powered, as ever, by brothers and co-front men Peter and David Brewis, "Field Music (Measure)" is a gloriously rich LP that entwines the brother's renewed love of the rock music cannon with a rediscovery of some of pop's overlooked adventurers.
            From the dissonant funk of "Let's Write A Book" (a call to arms for the perpetually apologetic), the mutated blues of "Each Time Is A New Time" (a riposte to misplaced faith in repetition), the chopping and splashing pop of "Them That Do Nothing" (perhaps about a valiant willingness to make mistakes), the multilayered riffery of "The Rest Is Noise" or the epic found-sound song cycle that starts with "See You Later" "Field Music (Measure)" is the sound of one of the UK's finest bands in supreme and confident control.



            TRACK LISTING

            1. In The Mirror
            2. Them That Do Nothing
            3. Each Time Is A New Time
            4. Measure
            5. Effortlessly
            6. Clear Water
            7. Lights Up
            8. All You'd Ever Need To Say
            9. Let's Write A Book
            10. You And I
            11. The Rest Is Noise
            12. Curves Of The Needle
            13. Choosing Numbers
            14. The Wheels Are In Place
            15. First Come The Wish
            16. Precious Plans
            17. See You Later
            18. Something Familiar
            19. Share The Words
            20. It's About Time


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