This marks the point where Field Music become the jokers – nightmarish in harlequin prints, they taunt and confuse, guiding me skipping and sidestepping around a world that was hastily flipped inside-out and upside-down. Not a frightening experience, just one of puzzlement, devilish puns and teasing gestures - one second rainbow bright flashes of vocal harmonies, the next encircling repetitions of “I was expecting a change / I was waiting for a change”.
These jesters of music have made something unexpectedly twisted: a song that revels in producing unexpected about-turns and loop the loops. Constructing a melody from basslines, swapping it to the vocals, refuting verse-chorus structure, finishing phrases with elaborate violin swoops and all-of-a-sudden falsetto. All of this, but far more condensed than is imaginable – as if all has been sucked into the vacuum cleaner and stuffed into a dustbag mustily crammed with pop nuggets and disjunct stabs of conversation. “Before you said anything / You took away the context”... endlessly confusing, but confusingly enticing.
9Rachel Cawley's Score