There’s obviously been no case of lockdown procrastination for David and Peter Brewis. While the rest of us have been working our way through box sets, attempting to work from home or just generally screaming into the void, Field Music have enhanced their reputation as one of our most prolific bands. The last time we heard from the Brewis brothers was in January 2020 with the excellent Making A New World, a project commissioned by the Imperial War Museum.
Field Music have a thing for the most lavish proclivities of 1980s pop. At their best--like Commontime and Open Here--the Sunderland band's art rock invokes second-wave British invasion acts like Duran Duran, Phil Collins, and the Human League, along with the swagger of Was (Not Was). They've never received their due--not even in a country as hungry for guitar heroes as the UK, where rock magazines have been forced to make stars of Royal Blood--but their music has always been ambitious.
Since their technicolour debut back in 2005, the Brewis brothers have consistently proved themselves to be worthy heirs to a particularly English incarnation of cheerful, sun-kissed soft rock. Take a little of XTC's 'Summer's Cauldron', a spot of ELO's 'Discovery', a dash of Pink Floyd's 'Meddle' and strain it all through a sieve of 00s math-indie and, hey presto! That's Field Music right there, all village green eccentricities and long bright tea-times of the soul. Every Field Music record should be released right on the cusp of May, as the last vestiges of winter roll away and the clouds part for just a couple of weeks.