The 2nd LP from these Sunderland fellas is a very short record (31:34) but crams more musical ideas in than some bands manage in a whole career. Each song veers off in all manner of directions, time signatures, harmonies, melodic twists and turns. Some may find this annoying and certainly if you're looking for a set of direct, snappy pop songs you should look elsewhere. This is really an album that should be taken as a whole piece to enjoy in one sitting (tellingly there are no song titles on the back). However, thats not to say that its not brimming with catchy hooks and heartstopping moments of musical wonderment.
What does it sound like? Dare I say it, a bit like prog-rock, but with all the meandering flab normally associated with that genre hacked off through a post-punk filter....nothing passes the 4 minute mark. If you like Steely Dan, or The Feeling you'll appreciate the 70s pop chord progressions and piano hammering. If you like the Beach Boys you'll like the harmonies. Add to that a serious jerky art-rock edge of later Wire stuff, XTC, maybe Stereolab....and finally a big dollop of North-East originality and idiosyncrasy that is all Field Music. Its also one of those records that needs a few spins to get into..at first hearing it sounds all over the shop, but trust me a few listens and you'll be hooked. Short and sweet.
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