the field – yesterday and today

The Field - Yesterday and Today

The Field’s distinctive sound on From Here We Go Sublime was a revelation for the minimal genre, but it was difficult to see how well that sound might be sustained over a second album. On Yesterday and Today, The Field seems determined to show his versatility, to not take the easy way out and simply rehash Sublime.

Seeing The Korgis’ ‘Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime’ in the album’s tracklist definitely threw me at first, but it works in a weird way. The Field’s stuttering, ethereal melodies sound great combined with vocals, and listening to this song it seems strange that it’s the first vocal track (I think) he’s done.

The second half of the album is the most drastic departure, nearly abandoning samples entirely for live instruments and synths. It seems like the antithesis of The Field we heard on Sublime. Personally, I’m on the fence about it, but if nothing else it is an interesting experiment.

That feeling of experimentation runs throughout the entire album, with each song taking a different direction, as though The Field wanted to get all his new ideas out at once and see which ones stuck. It’s not that the ideas are bad necessarily, but Yesterday and Today feels like a transition album, a preview of what’s to come.

Easily my favourite track on the album, ‘Leave It’ combines the best of The Field’s minimal beats with gorgeous bells and a driving bassline.

The Field – Leave It

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