Album of the Week: The Field – Looping State of Mind
Until Kassidy name their second album ‘Dross’ there will never be a more aptly named album.
The Field, aka Swedish beats boffin Axel Willner, has produced a second album that screams “looping ambient techno” without you having to sample a single note of its music.
That last sentence may have you reaching for the ‘back’ button on your browser, oh fan of fey Scottish indie pop, but we suggest you bear with us for a while as we explain to you why the Field aren’t just another tiresome chin-stroking dance act.
Fans of Caribou, Four Tet and Boards of Canada should instantly identify with the intricate rhythms and spectral, minimalist vocals scattered throughout Looping State of Mind’s seven tracks.
Seven tracks doesn’t sound like a lot, but most of these songs push towards the ten minute mark and only really closer Sweet Slow Club, clunkier and is less melody-based than the rest, truly outstays its welcome.
Listen to opening track Is This Power and we dare you not to be hooked within about five seconds. It loops, circles and shimmies into your brain for all of nine minutes or so. It’s an astounding tune.
A minute or so in when the ‘real’ drums and bass kick in should be the point when you truly sit up and take notice. Yes kids, real instruments, as Herr Willner has been taking the Field out to play as a four piece of late and Looping, while sounding heavily produced and synth-based is full of genuine musicianship. Willner sings a bit too, and while his words are buried in the mix there’s a genuine Kieren Hebden vibe to how he operates.
So then, the Field. Looping? Yes – its repetitive spirals are outstanding. Therefore… state of mind? Rather good, actually.