Tuesday, February 14, 2012

REVIEW: Field Music - Plumb

For those that have followed the careers of Sunderland, UK brothers Peter and David Brewis, either in their guise as Field Music or in one of their solo or other collaborative projects, adventuresome, ambitious, well crafted and quirky pop music is expected. And the brothers meet or exceed all those expectations on Plumb, their fourth Field Music album which is released on February 13 in the UK, and February 14 in the US.

This is pop music made with keyboards, guitars, bass, percussion, voice, but that only begins the story. The songs feature several signature changes, music hall flourishes and multiple styles in single tracks. I think that overall the album has an English feel to it. After listening to it a few times I wondered whether this might be how Ray Davies and Robyn Hitchcock might sound if they employed synthesizers rather than guitars.

The fifth track, "A New Town", serves as an introduction to the style of the 15 songs on the album --
"A New Town"

"(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing" is an uptempo song featuring guitars. I sense a bit of glam in this one.

This track is available to download at Field Music's website, which is linked below.

Plumb is released on the Memphis Industries label. This album celebrates creativity, and it feels like it is meant to entertain you. If you like you pop on the adventuresome side, this might be your February choice to explore.


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