Field Music have just shared another new track “Disappointed,” in the wake of the sax-punctuated groove of the BBC 6 Music A-listed “The Noisy Days Are Over.” “Disappointed” was premiered last night by Zane Lowe as the World Record on his Apple Beats 1 radio show. It’s as straight forwardly pop as Field Music get, a love story lost in a fog of mismatched expectations.
David Brewis, who sings lead vocal on the song: “We were consciously embracing the simplicity and directness of the pop music we love, where most of the song is in the chorus and the singing is always right at the front. I’m imagining a couple trying to get together and not quite managing it because they’re a bit older and they’ve already built up complete lives as individuals.Their expectations of what love should be have become too byzantine to let themselves take a risk.”
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 new album Commontime (released 5th February on Memphis Industries), 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.
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
21 Jan – The Harley, Sheffield
22 Jan – Hebden Bridge, Trades Club – Caught By The River
25 Feb – Newcastle, The Cluny (SOLD OUT)
26 Feb – Newcastle, The Cluny (SOLD OUT)
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