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Field Division - Dark Matter Dreams

by Ljubinko Zivkovic Rating:9 Release Date:2018-06-22
Field Division - Dark Matter Dreams
Field Division - Dark Matter Dreams

Field Division’s singer Evelyn Taylor commented on the video for “Farthest Moon”, the single from their debut album Dark Matter Dreams, “I saw myself driving the country roads of Iowa, free to roam under the sunshine, and blasting Fleetwood Mac or George Harrison”. Listening to the track, or more or less any track on the album, Taylor gives you no room to guess why she said that.

The Iowa duo, guitarist Nicholas Frampton (what could he be with such a last name?) being the second half, obviously love Fleetwood Mac (the California version), George Harrison (and the Beatles in general), the Laurel Canyon scene of the 70s (from Joni Mitchell to CSN with and without Y a few miles down the road) and a few other things in between.

And yes, Field Division sound like all of those (mostly the former), and no, they are not simple copycats and sound replicators, no matter how many similarities in the sound you can pick up (and you certainly can, like in the ghost of Stevie Nicks appearing in “Innisfree”). They have assimilated all their influences seamlessly and made them their own, with the Midlake drummer Mckenzie Smith, who’s the co-producer her,e made sure that at least one of the four feet remains in more current waters.

You can certainly call this road music (the duo actually live on the road even when not touring), maybe being from Iowa it has a lot to do with all those open spaces over there, even with the Harrison-inspired “Siddhartha” takes a mellow, Eastern turn.

For some a question might arise, who’d want to listen to yet another Fleetwood Mac? I would. You see, there’s nothing wrong and there is a lot of right with perfectly assembled pop songs and practically all of them on Dark Matter Dreams fall under that category. Like almost perfectly constructed “Stay” with Frampton led vocals and some nifty guitar sounds, or even better, melody shifting and dual vocals on "Lay Cursed". Making pertly sounding pop songs is a true craftsmanship, since there are certain restrictions and rules you are bound with, somebody who goes for a ‘free sound’ doesn’t have to care about. In the end, you do have to come up with something that is listenable.

Field Division, debut album or not (they did come up with an EP in 2014), certainly have mastered the art of Mac-like pop/rock and I’ll certainly have some personal fun comparing this one to the new Fleetwoods one when it comes out.

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