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Re: Field Music

Postby schlep » Thu Dec 23, 2010 15:39

Chilly reserve, tasty guitars and gorgeous vocal harmonies, arrangements - Field Music are England's Steely Dan!
(The good bits of Steely Dan)
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Re: Field Music

Postby Snardbafulator » Thu Dec 23, 2010 19:39

schlep wrote:Chilly reserve, tasty guitars and gorgeous vocal harmonies, arrangements - Field Music are England's Steely Dan!
(The good bits of Steely Dan)


Steely Dan? You sure Field Music isn't a little too DIY for that comparison? When I think "Steely Dan" I think produced to within an inch of its life.

Besides, Lee Ritenour, Robben Ford, Elliot Randall, Steve Gadd, etc. were all top-gun, top-paid session musicians who could play literally any score (not Frank Zappa's) put in front of them in 15 minute's rehearsal time. Field Music are talented, creative and good musicians certainly, but they don't have anything like that level of elasticity, especially rhythmically.

Besides, I think Field Music themselves would reject that equation out of hand, just for the cultural implications. And none of this messes with "chilly reserve, tasty guitars and gorgeous vocal harmonies / arrangements," which I think is perfectly apt -- and for Steely Dan, too.

Just in an entirely different way.

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Re: Field Music

Postby funex » Tue Feb 14, 2012 16:27

I didn't used to like Field Music.

However, the new album 'Plumb' is an absolute sausage of an album.

A really good sausage.
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Re: Field Music

Postby eadric » Wed Feb 15, 2012 13:07

I'm the opposite funex...I wouldn't normally say this, but I think I preferred it when they were writing pop songs with slightly fiddly drums in rather than trying to be experimental. For me much of Plumb meanders by without much in the way of ideas. About half of the tracks sound near indistinguishable, only with a different set of 'life's a bit crap' lyrics.

Starts and ends well though. Checking reviews it does seem to be a bit of a polariser, glad you like it :)

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Re: Field Music

Postby Ally Craig » Wed Feb 15, 2012 18:36

eadric wrote:I'm the opposite funex...I wouldn't normally say this, but I think I preferred it when they were writing pop songs with slightly fiddly drums in rather than trying to be experimental. For me much of Plumb meanders by without much in the way of ideas. About half of the tracks sound near indistinguishable, only with a different set of 'life's a bit crap' lyrics.

Starts and ends well though. Checking reviews it does seem to be a bit of a polariser, glad you like it :)


I'm with you on that one. I miss the fiddly but memorable pop songs, I can only remember little bits of Plumb and about half the songs on Measure.

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Re: Field Music

Postby funex » Thu Feb 16, 2012 10:23

I like Steely Dan as well.
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Re: Field Music

Postby Ady » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:29

i really like it.....now.

it took a few listens.....its a great albumif you just listen to it like its one long 35 minute piece its great.....doesn't work just listening to bits of it.

still.....great band who are doing pretty good out there at the mo.....good on um.

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Re: Field Music

Postby Hemulen » Sun Feb 19, 2012 17:52

I'm ashamed to say I'm currently listening to Field Music for the first time (streaming the new album as I type). I'm really really digging it, and I'm intrigued that it seems to be polarising their fanbase. I wonder if I'll find their earlier stuff underwhelming by comparison?

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Re: Field Music

Postby Damian » Fri Feb 24, 2012 02:37

Saw them in Bristol tonight and they were fantastic. Every date this week has been sold out - people are finally starting to pay attention!

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Re: Field Music

Postby chinnington » Fri Mar 02, 2012 01:07

They're playing the Green Man festival this year, so looking forward to that.


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