7 Songs, 1 Hour, 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About The Field

Axel Willner is one of the Kompakt label's most beloved and polarizing techno artists. This is due to his richly emotive sound, which has varied only slightly across the years. The Swedish instrumentalist and producer debuted the Field with Things Keep Falling Down (February 2005). A stunning entry, the 12" contained 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." The second 12", Sun and Ice (April 2006), incorporated samples of Lionel Richie and Kate Bush and led to the Field's first album, From Here We Go Sublime (March 2007). Two of Willner's dreamiest and most impressive tracks appeared on Kompakt's Pop Ambient 2007 and Pop Ambient 2008 compilations prior to Yesterday and Today (May 2009), a rhythmically varied set due to the involvement of several instrumentalists, including Battles drummer John Stanier. Looping State of Mind (October 2011) boasted Willner's brawniest compounds of shoegaze, ambient dub, and techno. Cupid's Head (October 2013) and The Follower (April 2016), as indicated by their sleeve colors, offered darker moods and were, like the debut, created strictly by Willner. The producer has also taken part in the group Cologne Tape, and has recorded under a handful of solo aliases, including Loops of Your Heart. ~ Andy Kellman

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