We've All Been Swimming

by Fieldhead

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zorba72
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zorba72 Misunderstood. Underrated. Just another amazing work by Fieldhead. Tomorrow's modern collectors will appreciate.
Michael Mueller
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Michael Mueller Perhaps best described as intensely ambient, this brief, powerful album holds you in its grasp from first to last.

Largely built around modulating synth lines, the tracks shimmer darkly, sitting somewhere between wistfulness, regret and a sense of urgency.

At times, the kick drum is used, but sparsely, and sounding like its an octave lower than normal - a device often used by GAS to considerable effect, as it is here.

The sense of a shared experience seen through the eyes of solitude. Favorite track: Slowly Singing Your Name.
mr_ig
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mr_ig Absolutely sublime. Ghostly wisps of his old rustic sound curling around startling, vibrant electronica. Favorite track: Accents.
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    Paul Elam (aka Fieldhead) returns to Home Assembly with a suite of immersive, pulsating, electronic reductions. Shifting arpeggios and minimal beats generate the forward motion, whilst the captivating violin playing of Elaine Reynolds helps to provide the narrative thrust.
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Accents 03:52
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Ton 03:40
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A Version 03:39
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Druridge 04:02

about

Paul Elam returns to Home Assembly with a suite of immersive, pulsating, electronic reductions. Shifting arpeggios and minimal beats generate the forward motion, whilst the captivating violin playing of Elaine Reynolds helps to provide the narrative thrust.

‘We’ve All Been Swimming’ marks something of a shift for Fieldhead. Previous releases have seen Elam take a detached view from the hillsides of West Yorkshire and Western Canada, but with his latest full length release the subject matter is closer and more immediate.

Tensely wound synths lead throughout the album, shifting from the breathless momentum of the openingtrack through to pulses reminiscent of Colin Stetson on ‘Ton’. The unique violin playing of Elaine Reynolds glides sparingly across the record, tempering the constantly shifting arpeggios and accentuating the human elements within the record’s machine-like core. The haze found on previous releases still hangs, but now it’s the haze of a crowded street or the last train home.

‘We’ve All Been Swimming’ is a concise and inspired attempt to reduce electronica down to the things that matter, with a narrative and sense of longing pervading the album reminiscent of Clark or Boards of Canada. It’s the sort of work to be devoured in one sitting - that rarest of modern day beasts - where the tracks flow effortlessly into one another and finish leaving you wanting more.

RIYL: Clark, Colin Stetson, Pye Corner Audio, James Holden, Sarah Neufeld, Daniel Avery.

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released June 30, 2017

Written and played by Paul Elam and Elaine Reynolds.
Mastered by Antony Ryan at RedRedPaw.
Front cover photograph by Simon Paul Sugden.
Design by HAM.


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