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    I definitely feel like Measure could be their opus, though I like Tones of Town best from a sugary pop standpoint. In Context, The Closer at Hand, She Can Do What She Wants, etc. Great songs, great arrangements.

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    I wish they had more footage from the rehearsal than this and "The Airport Line". Peter Gofton does a great job with the six string Danelectro bass.

    There's also this collaboration:


    I have the album but hasn't had the time for a proper listen yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlakaton View Post
    Measure Picked that up today. This is friggin awesome. A great album. Has a really inviting vibe and easy to throw on anytime. Definitely worthy of repeat binge listening. Like Tame Impala's Innerspeaker album. Such catchy quirky stuff.
    They've made two video clips for this album, which you must see:





    I think these are good apethizers for the whole album, though I also quite like the more silent tracks. It's by the way an extremely fun album to sing-along (or listening to while reading the lyrics, the best way I think to fully absorb an album).

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    I listened to Measure yesterday for the first time. It's a little daunting to take in all at once (20 songs in 72 minutes), but most if not all of it is quite good! It will take some time to absorb and one listen isn't adequate for choosing favorite tracks, but this is one of the tunes I liked immediately:


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    Quote Originally Posted by No Pride View Post
    I listened to Measure yesterday for the first time. It's a little daunting to take in all at once (20 songs in 72 minutes), but most if not all of it is quite good! It will take some time to absorb and one listen isn't adequate for choosing favorite tracks, but this is one of the tunes I liked immediately:
    That first song hooked me so bad instantly. Reminded me of so many things. When the bass comes in a little off the beat - DONE. BUY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phlakaton View Post
    That first song hooked me so bad instantly. Reminded me of so many things.
    Yeah, that first track is really good! They've got so many influences going on. But I'd say that's true of many bands... and it's how they utilize those influences that determines how unique their sound is, or isn't. In Field Music's case, I think they combined a lot of ingredients to come up with a pretty different gumbo. And it's quite tasty! Also, I think that what they decided NOT to do contributes to their originality. It really is prog in a lot of ways, but there's a lot of aspects that we associate with prog that they don't partake of: their songs are short and there's no real instrumental virtuoso showcases (which is not to say these guys aren't adept as instrumentalists). For me, this is one of the freshest, most interesting bands I've discovered on PE; no small feat!

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    This hadn't been on my radar at all but it seems there is a new Field Music album out this week!

    http://www.field-music.co.uk

    UK and US tour dates on that page too.

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    Commontime is another winner!!!
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    Got an email about this a few days ago. Had no idea they were making a new album!

    This is great news. I love these guys.

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    Let's hope it's as good as The Week That Was

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    it has some good songs on it, but unfortunately, I'm not sure this band will ever make a classic. Their albums always seem to have more quantity than quality. They do come up with some stuff to go back to, but their albums are never short.

    A bit like some of the Elephant 6 bands, or Crippled Black Phoenix among some others. Even Cloud Cult were guilty of that a few times, although they seem to have refined their album compositions to the point I don't skip tracks on their records.

    But Field Music, I often get the sense they could have thrown out at least 1/3 of the songs on every one of their records, and they'd be a lot better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    it has some good songs on it, but unfortunately, I'm not sure this band will ever make a classic. Their albums always seem to have more quantity than quality. They do come up with some stuff to go back to, but their albums are never short.

    A bit like some of the Elephant 6 bands, or Crippled Black Phoenix among some others. Even Cloud Cult were guilty of that a few times, although they seem to have refined their album compositions to the point I don't skip tracks on their records.

    But Field Music, I often get the sense they could have thrown out at least 1/3 of the songs on every one of their records, and they'd be a lot better.
    Their albums are never short? Their discs have never gone over 40 minutes, unless you count their recent soundtrack Music For Drifters, which is 40:40. The two CDs from their double album were around 35 minutes each; Plumb was 35 minutes; Tones Of Town was 31; and their self-titled debut was 37 minutes long.

    I'm just a bit confused as to what you would consider being a more acceptable running time for their albums.

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    Solid band. Looking forward to their upcoming album; sometime next week, I believe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gazoinks View Post
    I definitely feel like Measure could be their opus, though I like Tones of Town best from a sugary pop standpoint. In Context, The Closer at Hand, She Can Do What She Wants, etc. Great songs, great arrangements.
    Measure. My favorite one still. It just doesnt let up from the first song onward. It has something the other albums dont - a harsher edge? Not sure why. It's always the one I go for first.

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    I heard a track from the new one on 6 Music, it sounded more "dance / pop" than previously, but pretty enjoyable, so I will be looking for the album. I think they said on the radio that they will be doing some in-store signings and will be at Rough Trade East in London, so may pop down to pick up my copy in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    it has some good songs on it, but unfortunately, I'm not sure this band will ever make a classic. Their albums always seem to have more quantity than quality. They do come up with some stuff to go back to, but their albums are never short.

    A bit like some of the Elephant 6 bands, or Crippled Black Phoenix among some others. Even Cloud Cult were guilty of that a few times, although they seem to have refined their album compositions to the point I don't skip tracks on their records.

    But Field Music, I often get the sense they could have thrown out at least 1/3 of the songs on every one of their records, and they'd be a lot better.
    Have you heard the The Week That Was album? To me, that's their classic - even if it's more of a solo release.

    Has to be one of my favourite albums the last ten years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    it has some good songs on it, but unfortunately, I'm not sure this band will ever make a classic. Their albums always seem to have more quantity than quality. They do come up with some stuff to go back to, but their albums are never short.

    A bit like some of the Elephant 6 bands, or Crippled Black Phoenix among some others. Even Cloud Cult were guilty of that a few times, although they seem to have refined their album compositions to the point I don't skip tracks on their records.

    But Field Music, I often get the sense they could have thrown out at least 1/3 of the songs on every one of their records, and they'd be a lot better.
    New Cloud Cult album is on the way!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Solid band. Looking forward to their upcoming album; sometime next week, I believe.
    Ditto!

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    Have you heard the The Week That Was album? To me, that's their classic - even if it's more of a solo release.

    Has to be one of my favourite albums the last ten years.
    Totally agree. In fact this was my entry point to Field Music - I just happened to hear a live session of TWTW on the radio just after it came out and bought it on the strength of that.

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    Got "Commontime" two days ago, burned it on a disc and managed even to have a quick listen in the car! Sounded great. Reminded me of Daryl Hall and Rundgren at times and one Peter Brewis sung track could have been on "The Week That Was" album. It has a funky feel on many songs but Field Music has always been a danceable band haven't they? Excellent musicianship and that's why a minor complaint: they should include credits for themselves too. Which one played drums and bass on which song 'cause in that rhythm section department both are killers.

    When I manage to find the first album on vinyl then my collection is complete.


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    Got "Commontime" two days ago, burned it on a disc and managed even to have a quick listen in the car! Sounded great. Reminded me of Daryl Hall and Rundgren at times and one Peter Brewis sung track could have been on "The Week That Was" album. It has a funky feel on many songs but Field Music has always been a danceable band haven't they? Excellent musicianship and that's why a minor complaint: they should include credits for themselves too. Which one played drums and bass on which song 'cause in that rhythm section department both are killers.

    When I manage to find the first album on vinyl then my collection is complete.
    Haven't been able to get a physical copy yet (Amazon has been out of stock it seems), but I have been listening to it on Spotify in the meantime and enjoying it quite a lot. On the whole, I think I like it better than Plumb.

    Also, I think I managed to track down a copy of the album on orange vinyl, since the green ones were all sold out. We'll see...

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    My orange vinyl edition of Commontime finally arrived. After some time to digest this album in whole, I think it may be my favorite by them. There are some great tunes on this disc.

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    There's a new album, "Open Here". Just came across a review in the Guardian.

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    I haven't read that Guardian review yet (but I will). I hope it's glowing because "Open Here" is really effin' good.

    Update: I just read the Guardian review and it's spot on. This is a band and an album worthy of wider recognition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrippWire View Post
    I haven't read that Guardian review yet (but I will). I hope it's glowing because "Open Here" is really effin' good.

    Update: I just read the Guardian review and it's spot on. This is a band and an album worthy of wider recognition.
    Cool... was curious about it - now to get it! Love this band

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