Tuesday, September 19
UK-based Fields are a tough band to pigeon hole. Is their music shoegaze? Folk? Both? And, if folk, what KIND of folk? Pastoral? Psychedelic? Both? And what about indie pop? Surely there's a bit of that in there as well. But again, what KIND? Sufjan indie pop? Arcade Fire indie pop? Both? Neither? All of the above? Good grief.
Well, however the hell you want to label them, these four Brits (and one Icelander) create quite the agreeable amalgamation. The truth is, "all of the above" probably is the best answer to the above questions. Folk/indie pop is the overriding combo (and let's make that Arcade Fire indie pop; just listen to those verses accelerating into the choruses on "Charming the Flames"). Fields have a way of lulling the listener into a misguided sense of reverie, only to pull the rug out with a sudden (but subtle) throttle-up of drums and/or voices.
And those voices are key. The leads are alternated between Nick Peill and Thorunn Antonia, but the overall effect is reminiscent of some creepy cult singalong around some haunted-forest campfire. Are these people hippies or Druids? Are they roasting marshmallows or sacrificing animals? Both? Neither? All of the above? Good grief.
Fields' first full-length CD should be out sometime this fall. Keep an eye on their MySpace page for updates.
Where Fields can be seen and heard in the days and weeks ahead...
Sep 28 8:00P/The Legion/London
Oct 2 8:00P/Mercury Lounge/New York, NY
Oct 4 8:00P/Troubadour/Los Angeles
Oct 5 8:00P/Popscene/San Francisco
Oct 8 8:00P/Zodiac/Oxford
Oct 9 8:00P/Custard Factory/Birmingham
[MP3] "Charming the Flames"
[MP3] "Song for the Fields"