This is the classic type of Record Store release. This instrumental soundtrack to a silent film is not the sort of thing Field Music would normally release and so fits into the original aesthetic of unusual releases. Here it is on limited silver vinyl and it looks like they'll be touring this accompanying the film in theatres across the UK soon. The arty buggers.
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Firstly a whinge. At the time of Record Store Day, I described this as the ideal Record Store release in that was something that the band might have normally released that would encourage fans into record shops in order to get it. To re-issue it a few months later just further destroys the point of Record Store Day. I know it's probably done to piss off the ebayers but next year I'd not bother getting up early to get that essential release - stay in bed and you’ll be able to get it a few months later.
I like Field Music a lot but is this something that you’ll absolutely have to get? No, not really but it’s certainly a pleasant enough listen. It’s an instrumental soundtrack to a silent film and without the Brewis’s vocal delivery, Field Music come across as an interesting post/math rock band. As usual they keep things sparse and simple, relying on their superb musicianship to lead the tracks into unusual alleys. The pieces all tend to blend into one as soundtracks should do and they really don’t use much else but guitars, drums and the odd keyboard flourish.
Strange thing is - you keep expecting vocals to pop in at certain points so distinctive is the sound they make. It's them alright but without the pop hooks and more jazzy twiddling.
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