One of my favourite albums of last year was this, the third by Field Music. It was my first time hearing an album by the band. I loved it so much I picked up their first two albums. And I wrote this rave about the Measure album. So I’m not going to repeat that spiel – because, re-reading it, I stand by all the comparisons. There are obvious references to Peter Gabriel (in the titling of the album, if nothing more) and Todd Rundgren and XTC. Overwhelmingly, the band carries the guitar sound of Paul McCartney – the McCartney of his first couple of solo albums and the early Wings material; McCartney as lead guitarist. So you can read about all of that in the link I’ve provided there. I purchased the vinyl because I wanted to hear this as a double-record; it’s 20 tracks long. They fit on one disc but always felt like they should be explored over four sides (I said that in the original blog-post also). And listening to the album as a double vinyl does make the most sense – it’s where I get that comparison to Something/Anything? It sprawls out in to Led Zeppelin territory; it starts to feel very filmic. Recently I’ve been digging the earlier albums and listening to this a lot – on vinyl and on my iPod. The “title” song is amazing; feels like David Byrne collaborating with XTC.
Sample Track: Measure
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