What does it sound like?:
Sixth album proper from Sunderland’s (whisper it) prog/poppers.
They seem to be settling nicely into their niche. Album opener ‘Time In Joy’ rattles with polyrhythms and flutes and stretches out to over 6 minutes. ‘Count It Up’ riffs on a synth over a steady 4/4 beat and decries first-world whingers. ‘Front Of House’ sounds like a cousin of Prince’s ‘Christopher Tracey’s Parade’. ‘Share A Pillow’ is almost glam-rock. ‘Open Here’ is string-heavy ‘Eleanor Rigby’ alike. ‘Goodbye To The Country’ pokes a stick at little-Englanders over a Prince-style funk workout. ‘Checking on a Message’ goes full-on pastoral XTC. The final four tracks spread out, closer ‘Find A Way To Keep Me’ almost whispered over a simple piano refrain before wigging out into string & flute-driven mini-ELO symphony.
At under 40 minutes, the perfect length for a pop album.
What does it all *mean*?
On their last album, Commontime, Field Music let a chink of light into their private lives with lead track ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’ (about having kids). ‘Open Here’ nails their colours to the anti-Brexit mast but doesn’t batter you over the head with it.
Goes well with…
40 minutes of proper listening.
Might suit people who like…
XTC, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Prince, Supertramp