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field music - Field Music (Measure)
Arriving almost exactly three years on from the release of their critically lauded Tones Of Town album, Field Music have reconvened for a mighty twenty-track double album of their unique, intricately spun avant-pop. Back in 2007 the band announced their hiatus from activities under the Field Music moniker, instead pursuing their side projects (The Week That Was and School Of Language). For this album brothers David and Peter Brewis set about the project as a duo, holing up in a recording space they share with fellow Sunderland indie stars The Futureheads. The outcome is an enormously impressive and expansive body of work, occupying an exhausting seventy-plus minutes. Title track, 'The Measure', finds the band somewhere in the vicinity of the peak of their powers, attaching some incredible multilayered vocals and ornate acoustic guitar leads to a rhythmically askew tower of strings. It's all rather Beatles-y, and the band are truly at their best when tackling this sort of thoughtful, grown-up pop. 'Choosing Numbers' is another fine example of Field Music's accomplishments - it sounds like epic '70s soft-rock as produced by Matthew Herbert. Despite the duration, Field Music's comeback record still somehow sounds condensed, with lots going on within the space of a single song; this should keep you busy for a while.