Field Music – Plumb
Earlier this year Peter Brewis created an album of which there is only one version. He called it, unsurprisingly, One Copy. It’s now sealed inside a record player in Sale's Lauriston Gallery. Intended as a comment on how people share and experience recorded music in the digital age, it was a way of making people think about how much they to value music.
Now, exactly two years after Measure’ was released, he returns to his Field Music day job with Plumb, an album that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. Plumb exudes the type of classic pop writing that sounds effortless but which we all know is anything but. Along the way there are Beatles melodies, Beach Boys-harmonies and XTC rhythms but they make sure they only ever sounding like themselves. Over the course of these 15 songs they deal with both the personal and the political – shining a light on the bamboozling effect that trying to live your has and the expectations and obligations that you accumulate as you go along.
Plumb sparkles from the start, with opener 'Start The Day Right’s twinkling piano the sound of a British sunrise, before the wonky guitars come in and the chorus soars.
Elsewhere 'Choosing Sides' combines sunny harmonies with realistic demands on relationships (see one of my favourite lyrics of recent times "I want a different idea of love…which doesn’t involve treating somebody else like shit"). 'Who’ll Pay The Bills?' is fabulous wonky pop, and it's followed by the haunted but gorgeous McCartney-esque 'So Long Then'. By the time ‘A New Thing’ takes off and blasts into orbit you realise this is what pop music should be.
Brimming with ideas and never losing that sense of wonderment, Field Music have created an album of warm and inventive songs, always anchored by the idea of 'pop'. It makes for a spellbinding listen.