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Memphis Industries bread and butter Field Music (a.k.a the Brewis brothers) have a tendency to split themselves in two from time to time with Peter working under the pseudonym The Week That Was and David taking on the School Of Languages name. I believe this is second SOL LP and it’s business as usual with ‘Old Fears’ not sounding all that dissimilar to a Field Music record. To ...

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Old Fears by School Of Language
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7/10 Li'l Biz 04 April 2014

Memphis Industries bread and butter Field Music (a.k.a the Brewis brothers) have a tendency to split themselves in two from time to time with Peter working under the pseudonym The Week That Was and David taking on the School Of Languages name.

I believe this is second SOL LP and it’s business as usual with ‘Old Fears’ not sounding all that dissimilar to a Field Music record. To be honest if it was a Pepsi challenge I’d find it hard to tell the difference especially with David’s trademark falsetto being so fundamental to both projects. Sure, the influence of funk, disco and modern R&B is more prevalent here than on any of the Field Music albums but that stripped back, minimalist and highly accomplished approach are ever-present. I mean this guys can really play, a rare thing nowadays.

At times (like on ‘Dress Up’) I can’t help but think about the Peter Gabriel solo albums and the looming 80’s influence present in these productions but there’s all sorts going on here. There’s even some ambient synth parts to break up the pop attack.

Gotta spin this a few times to take it in properly but there’s no doubt it’s a great record and sure to tide the fans over until the next Field Music outing.




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