Field Music ‎– Tones Of Town



Give It Lose It Take It 3:56
Sit Tight 3:02
Tones Of Town 3:05
A House Is Not A Home 2:36
Kingston 1:54
Working To Work 2:51
In Context 3:37
A Gap Has Appeared 2:01
Closer At Hand 2:29
Place Yourself 3:02
She Can Do What She Wants 3:06

Versions (8)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MI074CD Field Music Tones Of Town(CD, Album) Memphis Industries MI074CD UK 2007 Sell This Version
MI1042182P Field Music Tones Of Town(CD, Album, Promo) Memphis Industries MI1042182P UK 2006 Sell This Version
none Field Music Tones Of Town(12xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Memphis Industries none UK & Europe 2007
MI074CD Field Music Tones Of Town(CD, Album) Memphis Industries MI074CD US 2007 Sell This Version
MI1042182 Field Music Tones Of Town(CD, Album) Memphis Industries MI1042182 UK 2007 Sell This Version
CTX332CD Field Music Tones Of Town(CD, Album) Shock (2), Memphis Industries CTX332CD Australia 2007 Sell This Version
MI074LP Field Music Tones Of Town(LP, Album) Memphis Industries MI074LP UK 2007 Sell This Version
MI074LPX Field Music Tones Of Town(LP, Album, Ltd, Yel) Memphis Industries MI074LPX UK 2017 Sell This Version



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May 9, 2015
referencing Tones Of Town, CD, Album, MI074CD
In A Review of the Reviewers William S. Burroughs revised the English poet and cultural critic Matthew Arnold's checklist for criticism - 1. What is the writer trying to do? 2. How well does he succeed in doing it? 3. Does the work exhibit "high seriousness"? That is, does it touch on basic issues of good and evil, life and death and the human condition - by adding a fourth criterion: "Write about what you know". It seems such an obvious command that it hardly needs emphasizing, yet, critics aside, it's advice that the lyricists holding the quill in many of today's young bands fail to take heed of. Recently a glut of mockney pretenders from privileged backgrounds, ring-led by the likes of The Kooks and Razorlight, have done their damnest to convince us that the dirge they're spewing is about their lives, when in actual fact it's little more than a glowering machismic mirage of how they wish to be interpreted.

With the release of their self-titled debut in 2005, Field Music distanced themselves from the aforementioned by tackling the very real bleak existentialism of their suburban lives with a gimlet eye, dry wit and, crucially, no mendacious attempt at class swapping. The delivery was, however, for the most part, too suggestive and subtle; too timid and light. 'Tones of Town' doesn't make the same mistake. Concise and dryly-produced, the album drifts unsentimentally between hopefulness and hopelessness. Indeed if their eponymous first album was a Kafkaesque hint at things amiss, 'Tones of Town' is the fully blown, unnerving evocation of a generation that feels dislocated; socially, politically and personally by the non-thinking mass the Western world has become in the last twenty years. Delivered in a collection of elegiac missives that are sparse, cryptic and staccato, the Brewis brother's lyrics are purposefully non-literary, yet carry the prodigious force needed to support the immemorial dankness of their subject matter.

Opener 'Give It Lose It Take It' bursts in over a rough edged collage of café chat, like a mundane occurrence that triggers a rare revelatory thought process. Except with Field Music it's not rare. Whether it's the cut-and-paste beat boxing that concludes 'Sit Tight', the sheer unadulterated pop of 'Working To Work', the stacked Day At The Races harmonies which lead into 'Closer At Hand', the avant-funk of 'A House Is Not A Home' and 'In Context', the Abbey Road-referencing strings of 'A Gap Has Appeared' or where the cascading modular action plan of the first record reaches its logical extreme on the title track; the trio illustrate themes of inertia, aimlessness, worthlessness, resignation, and regret with a sonic palette that's painted a brilliant technicolor from beginning to end.

Although the album's 31 minutes are so effortlessly entwined as to feel like a mere five, the carefully crafted illusion of sticking to a rigid formula masks a skilled line in unpredictably and surprise. A prime example includes the staccato drum run of 'Sit Tight' which falls into an extended break of tinny high-hats before being tossed to the gutter by a theatrical piano/guitar face-off straight from the jovial saloon of Bugsy Malone. Elsewhere, on album closer 'She Can Do What She Wants' a crunchy guitar build-up is juxtaposed with a celestial string comedown that pulls on the heartstrings just as neatly as it boggles the mind. Indeed, with this album Field Music have made their peers – spurious writers or otherwise - look like dinosaurs of the near future. And for that reason, it's not overestimating matters to call 'Tones of Town' a timeless masterpiece.