Along with Black Bananas and Cate Le Bon, Field Music is another act I hope to hear more from in 2012. The band, in various configurations, has been around since 2005 with brothers Peter and David Brewis as the sole constants. They release their fourth album, Plumb, in the US just in time for Valentine's Day.
Over the years, the group has garnered comparisons to a variety of pop acts, from the Beach Boys to XTC, the New Pornographers, and the Futureheads (I hear XTC the most). While on hiatus from 2007-10, they also issued recordings as the School of Language (David) and The Week That Was (Peter).
The first track from Plumb, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing," reminds me of early Split Enz more than anyone else. Just take the New Zealand band's glam/art rock foundation and add a heavier dose of bass and percussion (plus woodblock).
From the press release:
Field Music (AKA Sunderland siblings Peter and David Brewis) release their fourth album, Plumb, through Memphis Industries in 2/12 (13 Feb UK/14 Feb US). The album, recorded over the course of 2011 at their new studio on the banks of the river Wear in Sunderland, comprises 15 songs in a succinct 35 minutes.
It largely abandons the "classic" songwriting conventions embraced on their 2010 double album Measure and instead remodels the modular, fragmented style of the first two albums; only now shot through with the surreal abstractions of 20th-century film music, from Bernstein to Willy Wonka, and with the off-beam funk and pristine synth-rock developed on the School of Language and The Week That Was albums.
The brothers channel Of Montreal for this Barrett cover.
A highlight of the album, "(I Keep Thinking About) A New Thing," can now be downloaded from their website along with pre-orders for the album and tickets for forthcoming live shows.