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Yesterday and Today (Bonus Track Version)

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Much like his sleek record sleeves, Axel Willner's trance-inducing tracks are deceptively simple. In fact, you might have a hard time telling the Field's second full-length album apart from his last, 2007's buzz-building From Here We Go Sublime LP —at least at first, as Willner's steam-pressed synths, steady bass lines, and skittish samples wash over you like a bucket of water in slow motion. Take some time actually absorbing the scope of his hour-long opus, though, and the big picture emerges — an ever-evolving place where Krautrock keys collide with dabs of Detroit techno ("Sequenced"), and Battles drummer John Stanier (a former member of Helmet and Mike Patton's Tomahawk project) rigs his avant-rock rhythms up to Willner's woozy disco loops (the title track). And then there's "Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime," the Field's first attempt at a chill-out anthem/love song, complete with melancholic "I need your loving" melodies. Whether this means Willner has a singer-songwriter album in him or not doesn't really matter; what matters is how his Field work is as blissful as it's ever been.

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Better Than HWGS

Yesterday and Today will engulf you with earfuls of music. Perfect for riding on trains, sitting on park benches, and the after party. Hard to top the great Here We Go Sublime, but The Field manages to do just that with this follow up.

Good.

These 30 second clips just don't do this band any justice whatsover. The songs build. You just can't capture the soul of anything with a 30 second taste. I swear they sampled the Cocteau Twins song Lorelei (from the Treasure album) on the track "The More That I Do". Like this alot especially the longer tracks like "Leave It" and "Sequenced".

More chill than The Field

How do you top the wonderful, "From here we go sublime"? You don't. Two of the cuts here are more in the chill genre style than The Field's trancy, beat driven, sampling brilliance. One cut is a live version of "Over the Ice" from the first album (which we didn't need. Live electronica? You mean, live laptops playing samples? Come on!). There are two Field type pieces here well worth having, one pointless, meandering 15 minute piece ("Sequenced" ) and a piece that sounds like something the French duo Air might have done. I'm disappointed. There are no stunners here, no stand-outs along the lines of "Paw in my face" from the first album. Could easily have been just another album from the Kompakt label. I read an interview with The Field in which he stated that he put his pieces together in one session. It sounds like that here. I'm beginning to worry that "From Here We Go Sublime" was an accident - a brilliant one and one that Wilner can't repeat.

Biography

Born: Sweden

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the Kompakt label's most beloved and polarizing producers (he was accused of being a formula-reliant one-trick pony), Sweden's Axel Willner debuted in February 2005 with Things Keep Falling Down, a 12" containing a pair of blissed-out trance-techno tracks over ten minutes in length — one of which, "Thought vs. Action," made clever use of the intro to the Four Tops' "I'll Be There." A follow-up 12", Sun and Ice (with samples of Lionel Richie and Kate Bush), appeared in April 2006, which...
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