That one was a sparse, effortlessly funky concept album that smelled of early Prince, all about — well, not really all about, more channelling a range of topics raised by the inane bellowing of — Donald Trump. And yes, be warned, it only folds out to reveal itself at a careful walking pace. For a start, it opens with two short, ambient pieces that could easily be a film score. Even a bit of the delicate very English, coolly composed warble of Robert Wyatt. Throughout Making a New World the pattern persists of dropping little ambient gizmos in between fully realised material, over nineteen tracks in less than forty-five minutes.
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It was released through Memphis Industries on 10 January The album is about the after-effects of World War I and how they impacted the years after the war's end. It is considered the band's first concept album. The starting point for the museum project was an image called "The End of the War", a visualisation of the vibrations from when gunfire ceased at the exact moment that the war ended. After conducting research, the Brewis brothers decided against writing songs broadly about World War I. They instead focused on individual stories inspired by technological, political, sociological, and cultural advancements over the course of the next century that directly or indirectly stemmed from the war.
Making a New World
But this time around the pair used a very particular tool to pull history into focus, namely a photo of the record — made via sound ranging — of artillery fire on the American front during the 60 seconds either side of the 11am armistice. With each song, we had a moment of realising who should be telling that particular story and that led us away from something academic and into something much more personal. We were also conscious that at the Imperial War Museum shows, this would be the first time anyone had heard any of this music so it needed to be either accessible or dramatic. The set clocks in at just under 40 minutes, with the basics recorded in two run-throughs by the Field Music live band plus Peter and David Brewis on guitar and drums respectively, in a single day. The suite starts with the end of the war, then moves through events connected to it. Not a memorial, then, so much as a remix of history. Reviews Album.
The brothers Brewis attempt to trace modern malaise back to WWI. The result is scattershot, with good ideas buried by a disjointed concept. You could call it red pill pop. As the world burns out of control and the alt-rock world rages against Trump, Brexit and the compulsive stream of chaos, propaganda and hotel balcony views that spew from our pocket-based isolation pods, Field Music take a step back, broaden their perspective, dive deep and attempt to retrace the stumbles and sidesteps that got us here. Their conclusion?