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Field Music Share Six-Minute New Song “Time in Joy”

Open Here Due Out February 2 via Memphis Industries

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Britain’s Field Music (anchored by brothers Peter and David Brewis) are releasing a new album, Open Here, on February 2, 2018 via Memphis Industries. Previously they shared a teaser trailer video for the album and its first full single “Count It Up.” Now they have shared another song from the album, the six-minute flute-inflected “Time in Joy.” Listen below via Stereogum (who premiered it), followed by the band’s upcoming tour dates.

Peter Brewis had this to say about “Time in Joy” to Stereogum: “People have a sort of romanticized idea of feelings that are painful or dark, that they are more meaningful, but when I’ve been through dark times, I find that there isn’t a lot of romance in that, that I function better and get more meaning out of positive experiences. With some things that have been happening personally to us recently, and obviously the things happening in the wider world, there’s a kind of defiance in playfulness, and that’s what we were trying to capture with this song. It isn’t escapism, but it’s an attempt to confront those things with a deliberate sense of fun. Fun in the face of hardship. We set out to have a good time making this record, in spite of everything.”

Open Here is the follow-up to Commontime, which was released in 2016 via Memphis Industries. “Where Commontime felt like a distillation of all of the elements that make up Field Music, this feels like an expansion,” said David Brewis in a previous press release, “as if we’re pushing in every direction at once to see how far we can go.”

Open Here was recorded at the band’s own studio in Sunderland and also features the following musicians: Sarah Hayes on flute and piccolo, Liz Corney (Cornshed Sisters) on vocals, Pete Fraser on saxophone, Simon Dennis on trumpet and flugelhorn, and a string quartet of Ed Cross, Jo Montgomery, Chrissie Slater, and Ele Leckie. A previous press release described the album as such: “The result is a record that is bigger in scale, and grander than anything Field Music have done before. A lush and imaginative release that fits neatly into the lineage of late ‘70s and early ‘80s pop experimentalists like Godley & Creme, XTC and Todd Rundgren, while applying a sonic palette, production aesthetic and worldview that is distinctly forward looking.”

Field Music Tour Dates:

02 Feb, Newcastle, Northern Stage
03 Feb, Newcastle, Northern Stage - Matinee Show
03 Feb, Newcastle, Northern Stage
05 Feb - Rough Trade East, London
06 Feb - Rough Trade Bristol
07 Feb - Rough Trade Nottingham
08 Mar, Brighton, Komedia
09 Feb - Resident Records, Brighton
09 Mar, Bristol, The Lantern
10 Mar, Southampton, Engine Rooms
11 Mar, Exeter, Phoenix
15 Mar, Birmingham, O2 Institute 2
16 Mar, Manchester, Gorilla
17 Mar, Glasgow, Saint Luke’s
22 Mar, Liverpool, Arts Club
23 Mar, Sheffield, Foundry
24 Mar, Norwich, The Waterfront
05 Apr, Antwerp, Trix
06 Apr, Amsterdam, Melkweg
07 Apr, Paris, Flow
25 May, London, Barbican w/ the Open Here Orchestra

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