Thursday, October 28, 2010
Of Field and Fire
I’ve been meaning to wax poetic about this for weeks now, but I haven’t found the time, so instead I’ll just wax.
Field Music has made the best album I’ve heard all year and nobody gives a damn.
It’s arty, it’s quirky, it’s melodic. It’s accessible without being obvious. It’ll appease those (like me) who think Dirty Projectors are a little too out there (and in case I've buried the lede, it's called Field Music (Measure)).
It’s impossible to know how a band or a record is going to strike the public. Kings of Leon are the biggest contemporary rock band going, and they’re a nifty little combo I suppose, but why them and not The Gaslight Anthem?
I fall victim myself. Arcade Fire, whose first two albums I liked, released an album earlier this year, and I had it within five minutes. Field Music, whose first two albums I loved, released one, too, and it took me five months. Both albums are ambitious, arty and anthemic. One of them has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. The other one is great.
Arcade Fire captured the zeitgeist. Field Music captured my attention and little else.
Trip has been carrying my sorry ass on this blog for months now. I’ll try to do better. Let’s call this a start.