Boomkat Product Review:
The brainchild of former Leeds resident P Elam (a member of Hood side-project The Declining Winter), Fieldhead is an ambient electronic project characterised by roughly stitched together, hiss-laden loops and eroded analogue signals. Nothing new there in theory, but Elam's very distinct, personal style proves to be something quite exceptional. This five-track 10" follows on from Elam's self-released Introductions EP and the ensuing 2009 album, They Shook Hands For Hours - which is well worth investigating if you've yet to hear it. For this new release Fieldhead has shifted gears slightly, stripping the focus of his sound to include just a few decaying synth drones and a central vocal, supplied by five contributors: Anna-Lynne Williams (of Trespassers William), Chantal Acda (of Sleepingdog), Anneke Kampman (of Conquering Animal Sound), Elly May Irving (of Glissando) and Esker (of The Boats and The Sea). The outcome is quite magical, perhaps suggesting what a Grouper/William Basinski collaboration might end up sounding like.