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The Field - Looping state of mind

It’s with the arrival of Looping State Of Mind on October 24th (via Kompakt) that you finally realize that, for The Field’s ambient techno explorer Axel Willner, the loop never stops. While fans and critics alike point to 2007’s phenomenal debut From Here We Go Sublime – included in Pitchfork’s Top 100 albums of the 2000s – and 2009’s equally stirring follow up Yesterday & Today as standalone points of the Swede’s music; it becomes clear that they appear as mere snapshots of what, for the producer, is a continual cycle of revolutions.

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Revelling in the warm recognition of their recurring patterns, imbuing conflicting twin senses of present and nostalgia, familiarity doesn’t breed contempt; for Willner sees each loop as another chance to adjust, to build upon and multiply so that several of even the slightest nuances can combine to form a true aural evolution.

So it is on this, The Field’s third album, and yet so it has been too for the artist. Rewind three years and, plaudits from his debut LP still ringing in his ears and amongst resultant tours with LCD Soundsystem and !!!, he’d swapped his native Stockholm for the nocturnal utopia of Berlin’s heady streets and clubbing scene. A major internal shift occurred meanwhile when he invited Dan Enqvist and multiinstrumentalist Andreas Söderstrom – since replaced with drummer Jesper Skarin - to turn his hitherto singular vision into a three-piece group. Yesterday & Today was the immediate reaction concocted by the alchemy of those events, gaining more plaudits and leading to headlining tours of Europe.

Previous ideas have been expanded upon and, more importantly, new ones added; vocal samples now creep around signature sound washes, whispering on the periphery; greater contrast has been added with acoustic instruments such as double bass and piano recorded amongst the samples – the result of recording of in the fully-equipped Dumbo Studios in Kompakt’s home town of Cologne. Many of the initial sketches, however, still came from Willner himself at his home studio in Berlin, suggesting an embryonic growth to the creation process; “some of the ideas stretching back to the debut are still there,” he says, cementing this idea of furthering the re-visited, “but we’ve just made a real attempt to grow the sound.”

What’s truly evident – as has always done with The Field’s music - is its evocative quality, how it can stir a half-image or memory of a certain time or event in its listener’s past.

For The Field the loop keeps on spinning, a journey that may find no location yet is content to know that it’s moving firmly forwards. This most recent snapshot that they’ve decided to take, however, is their most captivating yet.

MORE INFOS
http://www.facebook.com/thefield
http://www.kompakt.fm/
http://www.facebook.com/KompaktRecords

 
Written by Dj Aroy
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