For my money, Sunderland's amazing Field Music remain the best band in Britain at the moment. I can't think of a better LP released in the 2000s than their 'Tones of Town' (closest competitors; PJ Harvey's 'Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea', Gorillaz' 'Demon Days') and their new record, 'Measure', is terrific too. The other day I wrote a preview for a local show over at the Bored of Brighton blog, where I described them thus:
Their sound is intensely musical; gorgeous North Eastern harmonies, abrupt tempo-changes and unusual time signatures, with orchestration which varies from lush and pastoral to aggressive and loose.Not at all surprisingly, their set - they played an instore at Brighton's Resident Records - was every bit as brilliant as I thought it would be. I didn't exactly have the best position in the world, for the shop was crowded, but the following video does I hope do justice to their wonderful sound, if not their stage presence.
Here's the entire set in mp3 form. Hope no-one minds me posting these.
live at Resident Records, Brighton
Friday 19th February, 2010
(right click and 'save target as' to download)
2. Them That Do Nothing
5. Clear Water
6. Tones of Town
7. If Only The Moon Were Up
9. Tell Me Keep Me
If anyone from Resident, or anyone associated with Field Music, minds me sharing this, let me know.
[edited for geographical accuracy; see comments]