Just heard “Not For You” on @thecurrent & now I sorta want to go to PJ tomorrow..
THIS. @wakethedeaf - @fieldreport #marigolden
The last time we wrote about Milwaukee’s Field Report, concerning their 2012 self-titled debut, I was highly complementary of Chris Porterfield’s writing (I’m loathed to use the term songwriting because that doesn’t do it justice). His literary lyrics offer a genuine narrative, glimpses of characters with long histories and complex emotions. Using only a small handful of words and smart turns of phrase he can paint not only a vivid scene but also describe interactions and dynamics, placing him on a level of writing that few contemporary songwriters can match. After releasing the aforementioned debut, the band toured and toured, got some pretty impressive critical acclaim and lost two members. Eventually, in December 2013, they locked themselves away amidst an Ontario snowstorm and recorded their sophomore album, Marigolden.
Despite the changes in personnel, it seems my original praise applies more than ever. Each track provides an interesting, nuanced narrative of American life. When a band is described as ‘literary’ the first thought is some group of lit students who quote Camus or Kafka or Kerouac, but Field Report aren’t that. They are literary in the sense that their music and writing seems to be on a par with books and poems, their work possessing the relevant weight to become important and meaningful beyond the noisy escapism that typifies much music. Written down this sounds pretentious or grand but the reality is just the opposite. Like the most successful fiction, Porterfield’s writing is humble, real, able to be all shades of sad and beautiful. He leaves it to the listener to decide what they take from it, be it comfort or disturbance.