Field Music return with new 14 track album Commontime, set to be released on 5th February 2016 via Memphis Industries (see Pitchfork news story). The first song to be taken from the album is “The Noisy Days Are Over,” an insistent, sax-punctuated groove and a conversation between two friends struggling to say farewell to the bad old boozy days, when they really should “get to bed like everyone else”.
Over the past four years, North-East siblings Peter and David Brewis have threaded their way through one extra-curricular project after another but were inevitably drawn back to working together on their own songs. “As much fun as we might have had on our own or collaborating, we missed just spending time in the studio, the two of us, trying things out and playing together.” explains David.
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The space that Field Music vacated in those four years still appears to be empty. No one else really does what Field Music do: the interweaving vocals, the rhythmic gear changes, the slightly off-chords, but with the sensibility that keeps them within touching distance of pop music. But with Commontime, Field Music show off their unashamed love of choruses in a way they’ve only hinted at before.
Written and recorded in spontaneous bursts over six months in their Wearside studio, Commontime is built around the brothers playing and singing together again, but also features a wider array of players, including original Field Music keyboardist Andrew Moore, Peter’s wife Jennie Brewis and new member of the live band Liz Corney on vocals, plus a panoply of other players.
“We wanted to embrace being a duo and, perversely, that made us feel more comfortable about all of those conspicuous cameos” reveals David. Over the fourteen songs of Commontime, real life conversations are replayed, acquaintances come and go, hard won friendships are left to drift and diffuse snap shots of the everyday are pulled together into what must rank amongst Field Music’s best works to date.
Field Music Commontime tracklisting
The Noisy Days Are Over
But Not For You
I’m Glad Don’t You Want To Know What’s Wrong?
How Should I Know If You’ve Changed?
Trouble At The Lights
They Want You To Remember
It’s A Good Thing
The Morning Is Waiting
Indeed It Is
That’s Close Enough For Now
The Field Music live band expands to a five piece live with Peter and David alternating between lead vocals, drums, keyboards and guitar, ably abetted by Kev Dosdale (guitar, synths), Andrew Lowther (bass) and Liz Corney (keys and vocals).
Field Music live
25 Feb – Newcastle, The Cluny
26 Feb – Newcastle, The Cluny
28 Feb – York, The Duchess
03 Mar – Cardiff, The Globe
04 Mar – Exeter Phoenix, Exeter
05 Mar – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
10 Mar – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
11 Mar – Manchester, Band on the Wall
13 Mar – Glasgow, CCA
18 Mar – London, Islington Assembly Hall
19 Mar – Southampton, Engine Rooms
20 Mar – Brighton, The Haunt