Boomkat Product Review:
Based on March's levitational "Cedars", "Maples, Ash and Oaks" strips away the Arabic and English poetry and leaves Field Works' frozen instrumental soundscapes.
Field Works' Stuart Hyatt went back to the original tracks to assemble this special release, stripping away the layers from "Cedars" and rebuilding them into a new album. Instead of vocals, pianist Julien Marchal now takes a central role, playing alongside material from musicians like core Field Works members Marisa Anderson and Fadi Tabbal, and contributing performers Julien Marchal, Youmna Saba, Dena El Saffar, Danny Paul Grody, Bob Hoffnar, Stuart Hyatt, Tomás Lozano, Nathan Bowles and Alex Roldan.
The music is faint, verdant and whimsical. If the original album was influenced by the Welsh forest (with environmental recordings from Harrison Ridley to match), then "Maples, Ash and Oaks" heads further down the leafy trail, deep into the mud and twigs. It's a fairytale world that matches simmering ambience with woodland folk and emotive solo piano for fans of Helios, Julianna Barwick or even Sufjan Stevens.