|Field Music — Music For Drifters (July 24, 2015)
Field Music — Music For Drifters (July 24, 2015) ♣ Hudba je překvapivě evokující. Vždycky je tu něco, co Field Music umí dokonale: stírá jakoukoli špetku cynismu z moderní hudby a odráží ji pryč. Něco čistící, osvěžující a okouzlující, stejně jako si zaplavat v moři. Zde se jim to opět podařilo.
♣ Hudba stojí na jejich vlastních principech: stejně jako u všech výtvorů Field Music..., jemný poprašek hi–hat, neklidné kolísání xylofonu, všechno se vlní a proplétá, jako kdyby nástroje byly v rozhovoru.♣ “It was quite easy to imagine the harbour scenes happening down by the river in Sunderland or in Whitby or Alnmouth or Berwick.”
♣ The film, Drifters, follows a working day of a herring fishing fleet as they sail from the Shetland Islands to the North Sea fishing grounds. It was originally premiered in 1929 and even appeared alongside Sergei Eisenstein’s masterpiece (for many the greatest film of all time), Battleship Potemkin.
♣ Crafty Sunderland, England–based indie/art rock trio invokes names like XTC and Wire.
Field Music ‘Music for Drifters’ is a recording of a newly–composed, cinematic score for John Grierson's landmark 1929 film "Drifters" on the UK's herring fishing industry, widely regarded as the first British narrative documentary. It comes on silver vinyl and gatefold metallic silver board (with download code) and was originally released exclusively on Record Store Day 2015. ♣ It’s now available to buy from our shop so you don’t need to do get involved in any ebay shenanigans.
♣ Unusual and innovative musicianship makes the Brewis Brothers' instrumental album sing...Location: Sunderland, UK
Genre: Soundtrack, Indie, Chamber Pop
Album release: July 24, 2015
Record Label: Memphis Industries
A01 Introduction 0:46
A02 Village 2:37
A03 Engine 0:46
A04 Out Of The Harbour 0:44
A05 Headland 1:34
A06 The Log–Line Tells The Miles 0:50
A07 Casting Out Part 1 0:40
A08 While Down Below 1:26
A09 Casting Out Parts 2 & 3 3:55
A10 Night–Time 0:43
A11 Destroyers Of The Deep 2:58
A12 Dawn Breaks 1:26
B01 Wake Up 0:56
B02 Hauling 2:40
B03 The Storm Gathers 3:57
B04 Full Speed 0:32
B05 Batten Down 3:33
B06 The Ship Rides Through / Quayside Part 1 2:26
B07 Quayside Part 2 4:54
B08 Ends Of The Earth 1:43
℗ 2015 Memphis Industries
Producer: Field Music
♣ In 2013, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned Field Music to compose a new cinematic score to accompany Drifters, a seminal silent documentary by John Grierson, the pioneering Scottish filmmaker known for coining the term 'documentary.' ♣ The film follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as they set sail from the Shetland Islands to battle the elements of the North Sea fishing grounds and originally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin.
♣ The Sunderland band were ideal candiates for such a task in living in such close proximity to the North Sea themselves. "It was quite easy to imagine the harbour scenes happening down by the river in Sunderland or in Whitby or Alnmouth or Berwick" recalls David Brewis.♣ Having spent the autumn of last year revisiting the score in their Wearside studio, Field Music will release their soundtrack for Drifters this summer. Completely instrumental, it's the first time the band constructed anything from improvising together “I suppose we had some idea before we started that we'd write slow, spacious, atmospheric music in a classically "cinematic" style but the film just isn't like that at all — it's full of movement and collage and jump–cuts. We realised that if we echoed the rhythm, the momentum on–screen, then we could make something which fit the film and also sounded like us. Some sections solidified into something "composed" quite quickly and some sections have stayed quite spontaneous.” explains Brewis.
Robert Cooke | July 13, 2015 | Score: 8/10
♣ In the three years since Sunderland–based Field Music’s last album, ‘Plumb’, David Brewis has had a solo album as School Of Language, brother Peter’s made a record with Maxïmo Park singer Paul Smith, and both have ongoing parts in their old bassist Ian Black’s prog–punk project SLUG. As they’ve zig–zagged between jobs, it’s seemed like their main band has been a way off the Brewis brothers’ radar.
♣ Yet here they are, sneaking out another Field Music album — albeit a specially commissioned instrumental one — that places their unique brand of realist art–pop in a whole new context. The pair were asked by Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in 2013 to compose a new score for influential documentary maker John Grierson’s 1929 film Drifters. They obliged, bringing their former keyboard player Andrew Moore in to help write, perform, record and finally release (first for Record Store Day in April, now digitally) this neatly crafted 20–part composition.♣ Drifters follows a fleet of Shetland Islands fishermen as they battle the brutal North Sea. This score starts serenely enough, with trademark Brewis guitar lines slipping and sliding all over ‘Introduction’, but by ‘Village’, fiddly time signatures, sinister piano flourishes and clanging chord changes hint at tough times ahead for the seabound protagonists. The gently rocking percussion and carefree riffing of ‘Casting Out Parts 2 & 3’ are replaced by ‘Destroyers Of The Deep’’s skeletal, agitated guitarwork, and the mechanical rhythms of ‘Hauling’ lock together like cogs before being prised apart by the hammer horror intensity of ‘The Storm Gathers’.
♣ As an instrumental score, fans may miss the clever kitchen sink turns of phrase that have populated Field Music lyrics since 2005’s self–titled debut, but ‘Music For Drifters’ breaks down the band’s distinctive sound to its raw DNA. Odd rhythmic patterns somehow sound natural, unusual minimalist melodies feel instantly familiar — these feats of musicianship sit at the heart of every Brewis experiment but on ‘Music For Drifters’ they’re the primary focus, wiping out the conceptual grandeur of the Mercury–nominated ‘Plumb’. It leaves Field Music with an enticingly blank canvas on which to paint the album they’re already planning for 2016. ♦ http://www.nme.com/AllMusic Review by Matt Collar | Score: ***½
♣ Composed as the soundtrack to director John Grierson's landmark 1929 documentary film Drifters, Field Music's fifth effort, 2015's Music for Drifters, is the group's first all–instrumental album. A silent film, Drifters documents the difficult, often treacherous lives of a group of North Sea herring fisherman. Fittingly, David and Peter Brewis, the brothers who make up Field Music, grew up in Sunderland, a city located on England's east coast in close proximity to the North Sea. While Field Music are primarily known for crafting highly melodic, rhythmically inventive pop that often hinges upon their literate turns of phrase, they are also clearly adept at channeling emotions solely through an instrumental soundscape. Here, they strike a balance between the classicist pop lyricism of their early albums and the more adventurous prog rock vibe of their more recent recordings. It's almost as if, freed from the constraints of the typically sung pop chorus, Field Music were able to relax into the writing process. The tracks on Music for Drifters have a languid, organic, almost live performance vibe. Cuts like "Casting Out, Pts. 2–3" and the reggae–ish "The Ships Ride Through/Quayside, Pt. 1" have a suppleness that lulls and sways like a ship on gentle waves. In contrast, tracks like the aptly titled "The Storm Gathers" have a foreboding quality that brings to mind a fisherman's sleepless nights in stormy seas. ♣ Ultimately, Music for Drifters ebbs and flows with the documentary, moving from idyllic seaside splendor to foreboding mid–ocean swells and back again.
By David Meller | Posted on 23 Jul 2015 | Score: ****
Harriet Gibsone | Thursday 23 July 2015 22.00 BST | Score: ****
Review by Sophie Ward | July 16, 2015 11:00 am
BY JOE FOWLER | ON TUESDAY, JULY 21ST, 2015 | Score: 3/5
Photo: Oddly aquatic ambience … Field Music. Photograph: Katherine Anne Rose for the Observer_____________________________________________________________
|Field Music — Music For Drifters (July 24, 2015)