A collaborative effort between US based offthesky a.k.a. Jason Corder and Polish resident Pleq a.k.a. Bartosz Dziadosz this is an album of experimental ambience. Utilising abstract treatments of minimalism, field recordings and playing with delicate use of single piano strings, harp, echo and more this is a album of both space and depth. 'A Thousand Fields' is the first time these artists have worked together on an album. This is available as a 2xLP set, cut at 45 rpm on 180gram vinyl with a tip-on style heavy gatefold sleeve and OBI strip featuring artwork from Pyhai. The first 300 copies will include a bonus 7" entitled "Still Your Bones" (INFX 062 S) with 2 exclusive tracks. There are only 500 copies pressed in total - so be quick.
8/10 Laurie Staff review, 29 May 2015
This is an ambient album with a really ambient name that is quite nice. A thousand fields is a lot of fields, and perhaps the number that Offthesky & Pleq trekked through to obtain the field recordings for the album. You’d think they’d be fed up of each other after all that walking, which is perhaps why this album has a massive boiling cloud hanging over it, and I’m not just referring to the cover art.
A Thousand Fields is pretty dark, with a rumbling tone that stays in your mind even during the moments of comfort, even during those lovely guitar swells in ‘Drown Under Dream Lit Skies’. Birds will sing in places over mournful sustained chords and a subtle lingering dissonance. Sharp, razor-like clatters and ominous drones fill up ‘Witch Season’ with a smattering of junk percussion and field noise - this is real spook. It’s the shattered recordings of environmental objects that completes the album, forming a landscape of constant interesting objects with not too many empty fields. If you’re familiar with Home Normal’s stuff then you’ll sink right into this. It shares much with Eno’s brooding 'Ambient 4' but with a richer melodic element and some strong pianos, yeah, you’ve got to compare ambient records to Eno.
As we leave the fields, we feel a bit lost and worried, but ultimately satisfied. This’ll be a limited run of 500 LPs so get in early.
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