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Field Music (Measure)
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On the band's previous albums, emphasis was placed heavily on piano-led compositions with expertly-crafted string compositions. The guitar, an instrument at the forefront of any modern band, was assigned to accompaniment duties, rarely getting a chance to lead a song's instrumentation. However, Measure is a very guitar-centric album, and it has more of a rock feel as a result. One could logically assume that this is due to the departure of keyboardist, Andrew Moore, but Measure is all the more interesting for it. David and Peter have the opportunity to shine in places where they had yet to fully display the depths of their talent (at least with Field Music). All that to say this: don't be too caught off guard when the album's opener features minimal, distant keys and heavy guitars.Read more ›
Sure, there's your typical XTC homage in the jittery "Each Time Is A New Time," your odd hint of David Bowie in the title track, and the brothers do a damn fine John and Paul impression on their flawless harmonies, but Field Music slowly and surely develops into its own beast as the first disc melts into the second. The little things you may have passed over in your first cursory listen to things start to pop out. The sharp angles and meticulously designed jabs and fuzzy riffs of the brother's preferred mode of expression, the guitar, begin to take on a life of their own.Read more ›
They use many of the same compositional skills that can be heard in "progressive rock" bands. But they keep their melodies more accessible and their thematic development concise by working in the short pop song frame work. The fact that both brothers alternate between playing lead guitar and singing and playing drums may explain why their songs have so much rhythmic drive as well as variety.
If you had to pick a comparison of who they may sound like you could say Beatles melody, Beach Boy harmony and Gentle Giant rhythmic development.
Their music is also very well recorded and is a sonic delight with a great variety of timbres. And if you like headphone listening this is a particularly delightful album to listen to on headphones.
They deserve wide spread recognition and I hope they continue to write and evolve their work with the strong degree of musicality that they have brought to such fruition on "Measure".
ringing guitars, pristine melodies, gorgeous harmonies and gently angular twists, punctuated by
surprise bits of classic rock sounds. Members also play in School Of Language, The Week That
Was. Some similarities to XTC, Magic Numbers, New Pornographers, Beach Boys, Hidden
Cameras, Beatles, Fleet Foxes, Futureheads. The whole album is beautifully played,
meticulously constructed & produced; subtly understated and complex, with a genuine growing
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I bought this album on a whim after hearing the song 'Measure' in an intro to a FilmJunk.com podcast. Burned a disc, and popped it into my car cd player for 45 minute commute. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Proctor X
Very solid follow-up effort for Field Music. The tempo of the album in general allows it to fit a lot of moods, and there's just something about Field Music that causes them to... Read morePublished on November 26, 2010 by C. B. Johnson
This tasty slice of artful English pop sounds like XTC crossed with Badfinger, with a sprinkle of Bowie and Roxy Music. Read morePublished on June 30, 2010 by Taggie
I don't think I've heard a band that sounds more like Gentle Giant since that legendary group dissolved in the early 1980's. Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by B. Niedt