David Brewis is a pop artist for hire, having worked music jobs as different as playing in the band of idiosyncratic songwriter Eleanor Friedberger and producing a Maximo Park album. On his own -- away from working with his brother in chamber pop act Field Music -- he experiments with R&B influenced indie rock under the alias School Of Language. This new EP, 'More Fears', acts as a companion piece to this year's full-length, 'Old Fears', featuring retreads of old School of Language tracks and new cut "Days Accelerate".
Tracks:2am Keep Your Water (2014 Rework) Departure Platform Days Accelerate Marine Life (2014 Rework) Hands In Water
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Those Field Music lads are generally a cut above most of their peers and here instead of the usual track off the album backed with one not on the album, the School of Language half of the band David Brewis gives us a 6 track extended play of re-worked tracks from his back catalogue. I’m not familiar enough with his previous work to know what's what here but it has his particular stamp all over it. He performs an oddly sparse hybrid of r&b and indie rock, the stand out track on the A side ‘Keep Your Water has remnants of Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ married to the minimal-indie side of Field Music.
Almost demo like in its sparseness it's also clever -the oddball early ‘Swoon’ of Prefab Sprout is easy to spot within this complex songcraft. My other favourite is ‘Marine Life’ which is another sparse slice of indie/funk with more time and key changes than you can shake a stick at. Also worth mentioning 10CC at this point. Perhaps not up to the quality of his recent album but this is interesting stuff nonetheless.
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