It would’ve been easy to write off Axel Willner as a one-trick pony even if you did fall for his 2007 debut as the Field, From Here We Go Sublime. Infinitesimal loops that glance obliquely off of their sample-subjects, building and cresting gradually over long periods? That’s entertainment? But the Field’s three albums have made good on that promise. And Never Ending Nights, the first album by Loops of Your Heart, another Willner alias, is something closer to the mid-’90s ambient that an on-paper description of the Field’s methodology might call to the mind’s ear. “Broken Bow,” for example, features a groaning (maybe slowed down?) repeated pluck of an E-bow, eventually fading into a deep-meditative motorik machine groove. The shimmering soft-focus pulse of “End” and the stranded-on-Eno’s-”Another Green World” synths of “Cries” are meant to be deep background, and succeed handsomely at it.
By Andrew Parks on 03.20.14 in News
Pitchfork finalized the lineup of its annual music festival today, adding St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Real Estate, Hudson Mohawke and more to a stacked lineup that already included Grimes, Slowdive and Beck. Personally, we...
By Philip Sherburne on 11.15.13 in Collections
Since it was founded in 1998, Cologne's Kompakt has become both a dance-music icon and an empire of sorts; today, the enterprise includes not only the record label (and its many sub-labels) but also a distribution compan...
By Bill Brewster on 09.30.13 in Reviews
Now on his fourth album, Sweden's Axel Willner, aka The Field, occupies a unique niche in electronic music. He's signed to techno label Kompakt, but his sound is informed as much by rock — the ear-bending, sensual feedba...
By Wondering Sound Staff on 12.26.11 in Lists
It was a year full of surprising breakouts and breathtaking discoveries, with reliable favorites from familiar faces and strong entries from new voices. These are our Top 100 Records of 2011.