October 22, 2006

Review: Fields | 7 From The Village [MP3]

Fields -- 7 From The VillageHow is it that we are just getting hip to Brit quintet Fields' charming release 7 From The Village? The set was issued by Black Lab/Vice Sept. 12 and is probably sitting at your local record shoppe right now just waiting for you because of big-league distro via Atlantic. So go get it. The record metes out potent doses of melodic guitars, dreamy vocals, urgent beats and wistful sentiments in a curious amalgamation of acoustic spacefolk ("Sisters") and fervently dreamy fuzz ("Brittlesticks"). Album highlight "Brittlesticks" [video clip posted below] is comprised of a perfect storm of acoustic and electric guitars and synths and insistence and pleading; we've been singing the line "tell me something..." to ourselves for the better part of a week. The gentle, fuzzy strummer "Isabel" has just about supplanted Unrest's "Isabel" as our favorite song with the name "Isabel." If you can follow that. "Heretic" sounds like it was accidentally left off Broken Social Scene's triumph You Forgot It In People, particularly the jumpy rhythm and furry vocal in the verse. This week Fields begins criss-crossing the UK for a few weeks of shows, with a stop off in Paris thrown in the mix; you can see full tour dates at the MySpace depot linked below. Dear Fields: Please come to America. Please come to Boston. Please come to our place. We'll have coffee.

Fields -- "Brittlesticks" -- 7 From The Village
Fields -- "Song For The Fields" -- 7 From The Village
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[Buy 7 From The Village from Insound here]

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