Field Music, Field Music

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Containing members of both the Futureheads and Maximo Park, the British band Field Music contains none of the nervous twitching or fretful fretwork that characterizes those bands. Instead, their songs are gorgeously sanded, like driftwood or beach glass. Recalling Komeda or a sterner Sea & Cake, the songs on the group's debut float airy, falsetto vocals over whirring piano and loose, ambling bass. But despite the intricacy of the arrangements, the music is neither arid nor academic. The record is a kaleidoscope of off-kilter harmonies, with songs changing shape several times before reaching their conclusions. Unpredictable and ceaselessly fascinating, Field Music turn pop inside-out and fiddle with its gears and levers.