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Open Here

Memphis Industries

Feb 02, 2018 Field Music Bookmark and Share

Peter and David Brewis of Field Music have always been singular in their knack for jangling melodies, disjointed rhythms and interweaving vocals. Hailing from Sunderland, northeast England, the sibling duo have expanded the realms of indie-pop over the course of 13 years and six albums. On Open Here, the brothers only continue to push outwards as they reckon with both their personal experiences of fatherhood and the state of society in their funk-led tunes.

Open Here will be the last of six albums recorded in the brothers’ small riverside studio on a light industrial estate, after an eviction notice received in early 2017 provided a sense of urgency during recording. Urgency suits Field Music, with driving rhythms pushing through right from the first chorus of opener “Time In Joy” to the orchestral theatricality of closer “Find a Way to Keep Me.”

Two middle-aged white British guys may make for an unlikely pair of political heroes, but lead single “Count It Up” makes for a cutting 21st century protest song, with lines such as “If people don’t stare at you on the street because of the color of your skin, count that up” and “If you’ve ever had the luxury of turning down a job, count that up.” Its critique of privilege is wry and non-calculated, a clever human response to the current social climate.

Alongside an always tight drum lead and nifty guitar riffs, come stunning flute and piccolo melodies, trumpet calls, and a certain Pete Fraser (The Pogues) on saxophone. Piercing through this instrumental intrigue are beautiful vocal harmonies reminiscent of The Beach Boys (albeit hailing from a much cloudier coastline). The classic pop influences don’t stop there: the title track, filled with flute embellishments, is backed by an “Eleanor Rigby”-like string counter melody.

Straight into “Goodbye to the Country,” and the Brewis brothers are dancing, as this record levels up and down from sweet ditty to funk-infused party number until the very end. (

Author rating: 7.5/10

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February 3rd 2018

Good band. I like listen theirs.