Single Review: Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over

By on Thursday, 5th November 2015 at 1:00 pm
 

Ten years after releasing their debut album, Field Music are still able to craft the perfectly structured art rock we’ve come to expect from them. ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’ is the first release from their sixth record ‘Commontime’, due out the 5th of February 2016. The Sunderland-based band, comprised by brothers Peter and David Brewis and joined by friends live, show us that getting old is a rite of passage and not a necessary curse in this track, an ode to leaving behind the days of late nights and drinking in excess.

With their almost angelic harmonies, groove-inducing rhythm section and Strokes-esque guitar tone and style, mixing with what can only be described as a sprinkling of saxophone, this is a track that sounds contrary to its message, making you want to get up, go out and move. There are very few artists, if any, that are producing songs that are this well composed, using chord sequences that aren’t necessarily orthodox to create an off sound that works better than it should.

Culminating in an outro that utilises some more of that saxophone, along with some minor key piano, it’s almost the musical equivalent of the end of the night: mildly chaotic in the best way possible, until you’re left on your own as the drums are left playing us out. Field Music certainly have a talent for creating catchy and large choruses, and ‘Noisy Days Are Over’ – which is the perfect kind of musical return for any band – is essentially a starter pack for anyone who may not have heard of the band previously. When released, ‘Commontime’ should be a nice little addition to their discography, further cementing the fact art rock will always be a part of the musical spectrum, no matter where the genre sits in people’s minds.

7.5/10

‘Commontime’, the new and sixth album from Sunderland’s Field Music, is scheduled for release on the 5th of February 2016 on Memphis Industries. It will be available on limited edition two 180-gram green vinyl plus download code, CD and digital download formats; the first 250 physical orders include an exclusive signed print. If you preorder now, you’ll get a free, instant download of ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’. Field Music are touring in support of their new album in February and March; for more information on that tour and all of our coverage on the band, go here.

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[…] was heavy on ‘Commontime’ tracks, beginning confidently with the strident yet oh so infectious ’The Noisy Days Are Over’. Seriously, when was the last time you’ve heard such a joyous song about getting to middle […]

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