Posts Tagged Field Mouse
mewithoutyou [Run for Cover Records] will release its sixth album on June 16, 2015.
6/11 – Chicago, IL @ Abbey Pub^
6/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club^
6/13 – Iowa City, IA @ Gabe’s Oasis^
6/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room^
6/16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre^
6/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge^
6/18 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux^
6/19 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile^
6/20 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre^
6/23 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers^
6/24 – Sacramento, CA @ The Boardwalk^
6/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent^
6/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy^
6/27 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar^
6/28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom^
6/30 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada^
7/01 – Austin, TX @ Red 7^
7/02 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs^
7/04 – St. Petersburg, FL @ The Local 662#
7/05 – Orlando, FL @ The Social#
7/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Hell*
7/07 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn#
7/08 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge#
7/10 – Tulsa, OK @ The Vanguard#
7/11 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway#
7/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre#
7/14 – Akron, OH @ Musica#
7/15 – Covington, KY @ Southgate House Revival#
7/16 – Washington, DC @ Rock and Roll Hotel*
7/17 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom#
7/18 – Boston, MA @ The Sinclair#
^ = w/ Foxing, Lithuania
# = w/ Foxing, Field Mouse
* = w/ Foxing, TBA
In 2013 I had a list of 30 best albums. I’ve managed to take it down to 20 this year. There are a lot of women on my list. 17/20 female-fronted bands or female artists. Female vox, darkness and swirling rhythms appeal to me. That’s why I adore Field Mouse so much. Lana Del Rey, Zola Jesus and Lykke Li are dark and dramatic. While I never liked The Pretenders all that much, I appreciate Chrissie Hynde and listened to her powerful solo album over and over. Megafauna is heavier rock than what I generally listen to but with a female singer– a feminist and lawyer– it’s kick-ass. Some are more electronic dance music [EDM] like Banks, Yaarrohs, Phantogram and FKA Twigs. Paloma Faith and Lilla incorporate world music, vibrant beats.
1. Field Mouse, Hold Still Life [Topshelf Records]
2. Dum Dum Girls, Too True [Sub Pop]
3. Lykke Li, I Never Learn [Atlantic]
4. Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence [Interscope Records]
5. Banks, Goddess [Harvest]
6. Zola Jesus, Taiga [Mute]
7. Phantogram, Voices [Republic]
8. Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business [Harvest]
9. Paloma Faith, A Perfect Contradiction [Epic]
10. Bee vs. Moth, Shelter in Place [Aggraveire Music]
11. Jenny Lewis, The Voyager [Warner Bros.]
12. Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm [Caroline]
13. Lilla, The Awakening [Lucky Records/karisma music]
14. Megafauna, Maximalist [Danimal Kingdom]
15. Karen O, Crush Songs [Kobalt]
16. Yaarrohs, Flesh and Blood EP [Glass Air Records]
17. The Kooks, Listen [Astralwerks]
18. FKA Twigs, LP1 [XL Recordings]
19. Jen Wood, Wilderness [Radar Light, New Granada]
20. o’death, Out of Hands We Go [Northern Spy Records]
Suzanne Vega at The Sinclair–May 30
–I’ll see Suzanne Vega peform anytime, anywhere. She’s magnificent.
Field Mouse/Wild Ones at Great Scott– August 10
–love this band’s new album. outstanding high energy cool live set.
Retro Futura Tour with Howard Jones, Tom Bailey, Katrina and the Waves and Midge Ure, Wilbur Theatre– August 24
–nostalgic fun that took me back to high school. I remembered the songs even though I’d not heard them in years. Did not love this venue.
Shonen Knife at Middle East Upstairs– September 5
–quirky songs, spunky women and frenetic set.
Lykke Li at House of Blues– October 3
–emotional, dark, theatrical. visually stunning sets. everything I expected and more.
WMBR Anniversary Show #9 with Orangutang at Middle East– October 4
–saw numerous Orangutang shows in the 90s and these guys are supremely talented and the set was perfection.
The Paperhead at Middle East– October 27
–what a cool band with a laid-back retro vibe. wonderful set.
High Highs (with Avi Buffalo) at Great Scott– November 8
–electronic. sweet. slightly charming.
Monday, September 29
Middle East Downstairs
Monday, September 29
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
Tuesday, September 30
Bee vs. Moth
Wednesday, October 1
TT the Bear’s Place
Friday, October 3
House of Blues
WMBR Anniversary Show #8
Robin Lane and The Chartbusters
Weeping in Fits and Starts
Friday, October 3
Middle East Down
WMBR Anniversary Show #9
The Clamdiggers (proto-Upper Crust)
Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
Saturday, October 4
Middle East Down
September 16- Philadelphia — The Barbary
September 17- Baltimore– The Metro Gallery
September 19- Orlando, Fla. — The Backbooth
September 20- Tampa, Fla. — Epic Problem
September 21- Atlanta, GA — The Masquerade
September 23- Nashville, Tenn. — The End
September 24- St. Louis — The Firebird
September 26- Chicago — Beat Kitchen
September 27- Pontiac, Mich. — Pike Room
September 28- Pittsburgh — The Smiling Moose
September 30- Allston, Mass– Great Scott
October 1- Pawtucket, RI- The Met
October 1– New York, NY– The Studio at Webster Hall
October 3– Asbury Park, NJ– Asbury Lanes
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
release date: July 22, 2014
–review by Amy Steele
purchase at Amazon: Hold Still Life
Field Mouse, Hold Still Life
–dreamy pop that I play over and over.
Morrissey, World Peace is None of Your Business
–every word. every note. every sentiment. all in.
Lykke Li, I Never Learn
Beck, Morning Phase
–I’m into mellow Beck.
Damon Albarn, Everyday Robots
–I’ve adored every Damon Albarn project since I discovered Blur. this one’s personal and quite lovely.
Lana Del Rey, Ultraviolence
–didn’t expect to like this. what a talent. soulful, bluesy folk.
Jack White, Lazaretto
–intriguing, sexy. amazing arrangements.
Chrissie Hynde, Stockholm
–not even a Pretenders fan and this is aces. potent vocals. kicky beat.
Dum Dum Girls, Too True
Shonen Knife, Overdrive
–unique, edgy garage-rock.