Sunday, June 22, 2014

David Thomas Broughton, Field Mouse

David Thomas Broughton & Juice - Yorkshire Fog

David Thomas Broughton concept a bit odd = earth revolves around sun, we know, but for Sliding The Same Way, out 12th September through Song By Toad, Otley's straightfaced loopstation folk-extremist is backed by the Juice Vocal Ensemble, a female a capaella trio whose work catapults from classical to modernist to avant-garde and back at lightspeed and have worked with Gavin Bryars, Shlomo and Mica Levi. The album was recorded first take and part-improvised, just to keep Juice on their toes and Broughton on his usual widespread path. This track is more traditionally folkie, the harmonies and acoustic fingerpicking at variable speed and coated in northern pathos.

Field Mouse - Two Ships

You'd be forgiven for thinking it's Wild Beasts in the intro, but once the synths properly arrive the Brooklynites head off in a direction that puts the heat lamps on dreampop, Rachel Browne's gossamer vocal and seasick hooks suggesting lessons from shoegaze but without the facile pedal-aided rush that implies. The album Hold Still Life is out July 22nd.

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