- Field Music
Two years removed from their semi-eponymous 2010 double LP opus Field Music (Measure), the Brothers Brewis return to a leaner means of songcraft on the 36-minute Plumb.
After becoming displaced from their 8 Music studio after the community center that housed it in their hometown of Sunderland, England, was shuttered, the boys built themselves some fancy new recording digs on the banks of the River Wear not too far from where they grew up. And it was there that Field Music conspired quite possibly their finest hour yet with LP number four, one that brings together all of the elemental influences that drive their unique-yet-familiar sound (mid-80s XTC, Gaucho -era Steely Dan, Rush circa Signals, early Sea and Cake) to craft the quintessential testament to who they are as songwriters and a band. As songs like “A New Town” and “Choosing Sides” signify, this is 21st century yacht rock at its finest, one that suggests Christopher Cross if he crossed over to the Boards of Canada.
For anyone who has followed the decade-long evolution of Field Music, Plumb is without question the payoff you have been waiting for.