Release Date: Aug 5, 2016
Record label: Top Shelf Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
Field Mouse's 2014 debut LP, Hold Still Life, exhibited a gauzy take on indie rock, one led by singer/guitarist Rachel Browne's articulate and melodic vocals. Taking a further step away from their shoegaze influences, the follow-up, Episodic, sees Field Mouse move toward a more coherent, if lush, indie rock. Having started out as the duo of Browne and multi-instrumentalist/producer Andrew Futral, it's also the group's first outing after expanding to a five-piece.
Modern dream-pop is a versatile label, applied to the heady melodies of Beach House and the hooky sway of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart alike. Field Mouse once sounded more like the former — maybe never more so than on their 2012 cover of the Twin Peaks theme song. The band has made changes since then, growing from a duo to a five-piece and venturing into noisier territory on 2014’s Hold Still Life.