Stocking Furrow are trying to rival that whole cowpunk nonsense with their own country infused genre: "fieldgaze". Paying homage to their roots together -- growing up all rural -- the group meld their history with their newly found affection for fuzzy guitars, endless feedback and MBV-styled transcendence. You might not hear much of the country twang, in reality, but 'West Felton' is recommended for fans of No Age and ambitious ideas.
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'Field-gaze', they call it. They are Thom Snell and Richard Cartwright, collectively known as Furrow. Inspired by No Age and living in the countryside, their album 'West Felton' veers between energetic lo-fi indie rock with just clattering drums and clanking bass chords, and thoughtful pastoral ambient passages full of slowly droning melodies and delicately fluttering textures.
It's a strange combination, drawing the listener's attention in to tiny sonic details and then forcing them to hastily zoom out as another barrage of harshly galloping indie rock appears on the horizon. Both aspects are well realised. The rocky numbers are minimal, distorted and repetitive - almost krautily so on the dreamily blurred 'Dear Hunter' which subtly mixes in some feverish synth drones, although for my money they're at their best in the Ought-meets-Parquet Courts percussive holler of 'In Like A Lamb Out Like A Lion'.
As the album progresses the line between the two aspects of their sound seems to gradually blur. On 'There Are No Words Here' there's guitar reverbed into a dreamy smudge while the vocals are awkwardly drawn out and a strange fog of drones slowly builds in the middle distance, and there's similarly claustrophobic goings on in 'Life Landslide' with a weird wheezing two-chord drone underpinning and sabotaging the strained positivity of the indie rock melodies plodding alongside. It's a genuinely unusual album, ultimately a pretty enjoyable mixture of tuneful minimal indie rock and droney experimentalism.
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