A groovy and dynamic 14-track album by one of the most pleasing indie bunch in the UK.
Written and recorded over a period of six months in their Wearside studio, Commontime is the product of a brotherly reunion. After four years of solo projects, collaborations and film soundtrack production, the Brewis brothers decided to spend some time playing, writing and singing together. And it’s all for the best! The brothers brought along a selection of other musicians to participate to the album: Andrew Moore – the band’s original keyboard player –, Peter’s wife Jennie Brewis, and new live band member Liz Corney, along with a whole host of string and brass players.
Although the Talking Heads or Blur come to mind, you’d be hard-pressed to name one band that sounds exactly like Field Music: their brand of mixed-up vocal lines, sudden rhythmic changes, sometimes-dissonant chords and abrupt song endings have a unique flavor. Despite some unconventional songwriting and arrangements, Commontime is also a true celebration of the brothers’ unabashed love for catchy choruses and classic pop-rock tunes.
While Plumb (2012) was characterized by political topics, Commontime centers around real-life conversations, on-and-off relationships, neglected friendships and growing families.
If Field Music know one thing, it is to not comply with jaded indie stereotypes or monotonous rock-and-roll trends: with this new release, be prepared for a groove-induced ode to family and friends.
Discover “The Noisy Days Are Over”, first track of the album: