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Boomkat Product Review:
Axel Willner aka The Field unplugs his computer and powers up an outboard array for his captivating 4th album. Adopting an all-hardware set-up has resulted in a deceleration of his star-bound trajectory, recalibrating the curve of his vectors into tangibly darker techno realms - most explicitly inferred by the album's all-black cover art and a curiously suggestive title, 'Cupid's Head'. But the romantic types need not worry: it's really only a subtle deviation; that inimitably lush, widescreen appeal of 'From Here We Go Sublime' and 'Looping State Of Mind' is still firmly at its core, it's just aged well, managing to retain a wide eyed sense of wonder at the world, but seen thru crimson rather than rose tinted spectacles. Taking off with the noticeably slower thump of the Walls-like 'They Won't See Me', he cruises across the 12 minute expanse of 'Black Sea' - a super wide yet intimately perceived panorama of padded pump and spectral swirl. The stunning 'A Guided Tour' revolves around the kind of suspended synth melody that makes us feel two feet off the ground, before the cracked and frayed concrete poetry of 'No.No' - the first track he wrote for the LP after a bout of writer's block - gives a bleaker, heart-twisting turn and '20 Seconds Of Affection' offers an ambiguous, noisily psychedelic resolution. The tempered sense of euphoria works much to his advantage, making for a deeply satisfying listen and, for our money, the finest album from The Field to date. Highly Recommended.