The missing link between XTC and Peter Gabriel, Field Music – Sunderland brothers Peter and David Brewis – exist in a world far removed from the current pop landscape. Their sixth album, the first since the pair both became fathers, is yet another shot through with odd time signatures and jerky choruses. What’s new, though, are the traces of Talking Heads-style funk and a wistfulness prompted by parenthood’s demands. “I’m sorry if I’m ever short with you,” sings David to his wife on the closer, Stay Awake, while the touching The Morning Is Waiting possesses a depth hitherto absent from their work.
Paul Mardles is a subeditor on the Observer New Review