Something Else! sneak peek: Field Music, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing," (2011)

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by Tom Johnson

Field Music’s Measure slotted itself in squarely at the top of my 2010 year-end list, and for good reason. The duo behind the band, brothers David and Peter Brewis, concoct a heady brand of pop brewed from traces of the very best, the very smartest rock has had to offer over the past few decades — bits of pop from Hall & Oates, XTC, Elvis Costello, shavings from the progressive side via King Crimson’s 1980s material, and far too many other nods to classic acts.

Now comes word that they’ll be back in early 2012 with Measure‘s follow-up, Plumb — a tight 35-minute work that packs in a whopping 15 songs, which, per their PR, finds the band’s music “shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th century film music from Bernstein to Willy Wonka” and “off-beam funk and pristine synth-rock.” Not sure what that really means, but I have a feeling, if the previous three albums are any indication, it’s more head-turning, brainy guitar-pop of which far too few will take notice.

Field Music – (I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing by memphisindustries

Going by the first track, “(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing,” however, things sound comfortably familiar — and it will still be sadly ignored by too many. Go to Field Music’s Web site to download the song, or to preorder the album.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
Tom Johnson
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