Yeah I agree with the TOT > all else sentiment, that thing should have been way more acclaimed - it's pretty much perfect. I've listened to the new one a few timesbut it's yet to fully sink in. Very endearing interviewees, it would seem.
― Simon H., Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:01 (1 year ago) Permalink
and yeah School of Language / The Week That Was records are essential listens if you're into the FM stuff.
― Simon H., Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:03 (1 year ago) Permalink
Never did hear the School of Language record, but The Week That Was was pretty good.
Really love the new one, as of right now I'd probably rank them: TOT > Plumb > S/T > Measure
― Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
Measure still strikes me as a standard Field Music record, only with every single track from the session thrown in, rather than the band cherrypicking the best material.
― Simon H., Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:40 (1 year ago) Permalink
Yeah Measure has its moments, but its far too scattered and overlong. The beauty of TOT and the new one is how concise they are.
― Gonjasufjanstephen O'Malley (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Sunday, 26 February 2012 04:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
As Simon says, I'd definitely check out the School Of Language and The Week That Was records, although I think The Week That Was is probably more my cup of tea than School Of Language.
― Turrican, Sunday, 26 February 2012 06:04 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 31 March 2012 09:27 (1 year ago) Permalink
Great write-up Nick. It's pretty much my own album of the year so far too, and you do it justice. I've been driven away from the album format by my listening habits of late so it's wonderful to find a band that still believes in the medium enough to create something that can ONLY be heard in one glorious sweep. While not as overwhelming as Measure (which is probably still my favourite, just about), this is more concise, intricate and arguably sublime.
One of the most important British bands of the day. I wish they were more central to the indie discourse.
― once a week is ample, Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:09 (1 year ago) Permalink
yeah nice job nick.
it took me a long time to get into this for some reason. i think the weird halting start over the first 3 tracks didn't help. but since it clicked i have liked it more and more with every listen, i think maybe even more than measure now. really amazing stuff. it's my current default listen when i haven't got anything particular in mind to put on.
interesting about the single choices, not surprising necessarily but not what i would've guessed. is this the picture seems like a more obvious single?
― Roberto Spiralli, Saturday, 31 March 2012 13:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
Huh this band is perplexing in a good way. Never heard of them. Checked the new album out...interesting, definitely hear the XTC influence, that was the first thing I thought of, like mid period XTC but more prog.....tbh though some of the prog moves are a little corny, or fusion....reminds me of Brand X
But this is cool I think it will grow on me...also appreciate how completely unfashionable it is, like they are completely on their own trip....can't imagine NME is exactly breaking down their door
― the penultimate prophets (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 31 March 2012 16:48 (1 year ago) Permalink
@sickmouthy Nick, thanks! That's so kind. You've pretty much nailed how I hope people will hear the record. It means a lot so again thanks!2 hours ago
That was from @fieldmusicmusic, which is the younger brother: very nice to know they appreciated my appreciation!
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 31 March 2012 16:51 (1 year ago) Permalink
Liked that review too!
― the penultimate prophets (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 31 March 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink
Autumn tour dates on the website.
Will try and make it to Bath.
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 13 April 2012 08:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
Bath tickets bought.
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 16 April 2012 10:08 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:05 (1 year ago) Permalink
I guess I'm kind of surprised you didn't fall for Tones of Town at the time.
― sockless in moccasins (jaymc), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:24 (1 year ago) Permalink
I simply didn't hear it until a couple of months ago. They fell totally off my radar.
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:31 (1 year ago) Permalink
That's fair enough, I guess. This band have never seemed like the kind of band who would want to force themselves on anyone's radar. They're just kind of there, waiting for people to discover them.
― The Jupiter 8 (Turrican), Wednesday, 9 May 2012 16:59 (1 year ago) Permalink
I decided to give this a go but it's leaving me really cold. There are nice touches here and there but a lot of it is really laboured-sounding, like they've gone for this second-half-of-Abbey-Road vibe (which I'm not crazy about in the first place) but they're not good enough songwriters to pull it off.
― Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Sunday, 20 May 2012 09:53 (1 year ago) Permalink
Didn't get to see them in Bath last night because of our interminable house problems. Gutted. Listening to Measure as some kind of recompense. It's really very good. I just love the sound they make.
― comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:30 (7 months ago) Permalink
Still haven't got round to "Plumb" yet, though I loved "Measure". Should investigate their back catalogue too. I've heard good things about their covers album as well, I love the song choices.
― Rob M Revisited, Saturday, 20 October 2012 09:54 (7 months ago) Permalink
plumb is very good, almost full-blown prog-pop, which might or might not reflect the selections on their recent covers collection, play. they're reminding me more and more of XTC at their best
― reggie (qualmsley), Saturday, 20 October 2012 13:16 (7 months ago) Permalink
Having loved everything prior, I'm finding myself at a loss being able to get into Plumb. I'm not hearing any hooks at all. Measure wasn't as hooky as what came before it either, but it was so (comparatively) muscular and riffy it made up for it.
― DJ Smoove Groothe (staggerlee), Tuesday, 4 December 2012 21:01 (5 months ago) Permalink
Oh man, I love Plumb. Everything else is good, but this is next level. Amazing.
― i would never inflict the process of making a sandwich on myself (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 January 2013 21:24 (3 months ago) Permalink
plumb is really strange in that it doesn't seem to have any appreciable hooks but when i came back to it after not listening for several months, i immediately remembered every song and how it went
― tity boi historian (ciderpress), Friday, 25 January 2013 21:26 (3 months ago) Permalink
Yeah, every twist of every song is burned right into my cerebellum somehow. I think the way it's arranged and mixed makes for a lot of sonic fills and details which work as hooks. They're oblique hooks, which is, I think, what's made it so eminently replay ale for me - I never, ever feel as if I've burnt out on it or got too familiar with it.
― i would never inflict the process of making a sandwich on myself (Scik Mouthy), Friday, 25 January 2013 21:29 (3 months ago) Permalink
I just learned that Michael McKean is a Field Music fan. Who knew?
― jaymc, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:02 (2 months ago) Permalink
("In Context," from Tones of Town, is in the trailer for Christopher Guest's new HBO show, which features McKean.)
― jaymc, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 19:03 (2 months ago) Permalink