15 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

England’s Field Music isn't yet a common name among American indie music fans, and the group seems to change course as frequently as it changes socks. The changes aren’t stylistically immense; they’re subtler, each record exuding a different feel (and perspective) than the previous. After the double-disc massiveness of 2010’s Field Music (Measure), the boys are snipping and cutting and tightening up. The result is a stunning 35 minutes of pristine pop that belies the group's relative obscurity in the U.S. Fans of British icons from The Beatles to XTC should be salivating over the expansive cellos and elastic guitars of “Start the Day Right” and “Guillotine”, along with the shifting time signatures and vocal gymnastics of “Is This the Picture?” and “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing”. With a dash of quasi-funk (“A New Town”), a cappella honey (“How Many More Times?”), and a peppering of ‘70s prog keyboards (“It’s Okay to Change”), Field Music is doing a fine job of living up to its name.

EDITORS’ NOTES

England’s Field Music isn't yet a common name among American indie music fans, and the group seems to change course as frequently as it changes socks. The changes aren’t stylistically immense; they’re subtler, each record exuding a different feel (and perspective) than the previous. After the double-disc massiveness of 2010’s Field Music (Measure), the boys are snipping and cutting and tightening up. The result is a stunning 35 minutes of pristine pop that belies the group's relative obscurity in the U.S. Fans of British icons from The Beatles to XTC should be salivating over the expansive cellos and elastic guitars of “Start the Day Right” and “Guillotine”, along with the shifting time signatures and vocal gymnastics of “Is This the Picture?” and “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing”. With a dash of quasi-funk (“A New Town”), a cappella honey (“How Many More Times?”), and a peppering of ‘70s prog keyboards (“It’s Okay to Change”), Field Music is doing a fine job of living up to its name.

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