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music review: Field Mouse

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Fitting for the album to open with “A Place You Return to in a Dream” because there’s a cool, effusive fuzzy guitar hook and then the entire album proceeds to put you in a blissful reverie state. Dreamy pop that I play again and again. It’s easy to get caught up in the mesmerizing shoegazing hazy chords with vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne’s euphonious blurred vocals woven throughout.

Browne formed Field Mouse in 2010 as a duo with producer/guitarist Andrew Futral then they expanded into a four-piece with the addition of bassist Saysha Heinzman and drummer Tim McCoy. Field Mouse beautifully infuses edgy hooks with subtler elements. So there’s the darkness and light combination that’s so compelling if you think of bands like Lush, Curve or Swervedriver.

“Tomorrow is Yesterday” has a grooving bass riff. Browne’s vocals sound a bit like Letters to Cleo’s Kay Hanley, sweet yet storied. Staggering edgy guitar, blurrier lilting vocals and a hypnotic melody on “Two Ships.” Speed picks up on “Everyone but You.” This is a talented band creating indie pop deliciousness with near-perfection. Closing track “Water in the Valley” is bittersweet and lulling with guitar feedback. Spot-on. This is one of my favorite albums of the year.

Hold Still Life
Topshelf Records
release date: July 22, 2014

–review by Amy Steele

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Amy Steele’s Essential 90s Female-Fronted Alternative-Rock Bands A-Z

belly

Belly
From: Boston, Mass.
formed: 1991
The album: Star (1992)
The single: “Dusted”

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The Cardigans
From: Sweden
Formed: 1992
The album: First Band on the Moon (1996)
The single: “Lovefool”
website

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Curve
From: London, England
Formed: 1990
The album: Come Clean (1998)
The single: “Chinese Burn”
website

echobelly

Echobelly
From: Manchester, England
Formed: 1993
The album: Lustra (1997)
The single: “The World is Flat”
website

elastica

Elastica
From: London, England
Formed: 1992
The album: Elastica (1995)
The single: “Connection”

garbage

Garbage
From: 1994
Formed: Madison, Wisc.
The album: Garbage (1995)
The single: “Only Happy When It Rains”
website

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Hole
From: Los Angeles, Calif.
Formed: 1989
The album: Live Through This (1994)
The single: “Miss World”

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Ivy
From: New York City
Formed: 1994
The album: Realistic (1995)
The single: “Get Enough”
website

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Letters to Cleo
From: Boston, Mass.
Formed: 1990
The album: Aurora Gory Alice (1994)
The single: “Here and Now”
website

Lush

Lush
From: London, England
Formed: 1988
The album: Lovelife (1996)
The single: “Hypocrite”

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Luscious Jackson
From: Manhattan
Formed: 1991
The album: Electric Honey (1999)
The single: “Ladyfingers”

mazzy star

Mazzy Star
From: Santa Monica, Calif.
Formed: 1989
The album: Among My Swan (1996)
The single: “Fade Into You”
website

Mistle+Thrush

Mistle Thrush
From: Boston, Mass.
Formed: 1993
The album: Silt (1995)
The single: “Flowereyed”
website

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No Doubt
From: Anaheim, Calif.
Formed: 1986
The album: Tragic Kingdom (1995)
The single: “Just a Girl”
website

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Portishead
From: Bristol, England
Formed: 1991
The album: Dummy (1994)
The single: “Sour Times”
website

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Siouxsie & the Banshees
From: London
Formed: 1976
The album: Superstitition (1991)
The single: “Kiss Them for Me”

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Stereolab
From: London
Formed: 1990
The album: Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)
The single: “Wow and Flutter”

sugarcubes

Sugarcubes
From: Iceland
Formed: 1986
The album: Stick Around for Joy (1991)
The single: “Hit”

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that dog
From: Los Angeles
Formed: 1991
the album: Retreat From the Sun (1997)
the single: “Never Say Never”

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Throwing Muses
From: Newport, RI
Formed: 1983
The album: University (1995)
The single: “Shimmer”
website

velocity girl

Velocity Girl
From: College Park, Maryland
Formed: 1989
The album: Simpatico! (1994)
The single: “Sorry Again”

–list compiled by Amy Steele, 2013

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