About Field Medic
Prolific singer/songwriter Kevin Patrick Sullivan took on the name Field Medic in 2013 as a moniker for his lo-fi folk songs. Taking inspiration from self-imposed recording limitations, Sullivan got more exciting results documenting his songs at home than he did working in more professional studio settings. He applied this intimate approach to a string of lesser releases before it solidified on albums like 2020's Floral Prince.
Sullivan was active in music from a young age, forming the group Westwood & Willow with his brother Sean when he was just 18. He had various projects before Field Medic emerged in 2013 as an outlet for his four-track recorded solo folk songs. Sullivan's lo-fi approach included rudimentary recording apparatus and a self-imposed limitation of never laying down more than three takes of a song. Early on, his output was prolific, with multiple self-released EPs and largely improvised collections including 2013's Crushed Pennies and 2014's Fuck You Grim Reaper.
A proper album arrived in 2015 with Light Is Gone, and Sullivan soon gained traction with his hyperactive release schedule and consistent touring. He signed with indie label Run for Cover, which first released Songs from the Sunroom in 2017, a collection of lo-fi songs tracked in the sunroom of Sullivan's rented home, some of which had previously been released on cassette or limited-scope EPs. Already deep into a colorful discography, 2019's Fade into the Dawn marked Field Medic's most fleshed-out album up until that point, including live drums and additional guitar overdubs rather than Sullivan's usual minimal drum machine backing. The next year, Floral Prince continued Sullivan's collage approach to production, culling together new songs, previously released tracks, and other various documents of his songwriting for a pleasantly disjointed, mixtape-like listening experience. ~ Fred Thomas