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Editors’ Notes

Axel Wilner’s one-man ambient project The Field released its 2007 debut, From Here We Go Sublime, to much critical acclaim. The Swede’s follow-up, 2009’s Yesterday and Today, changed things up a bit by adding live musicians to the electronic mix. Looping State of Mind builds on those two albums. The relentless chug of “Is This Power” (presumably supplied by drummer Jesper Skarin) supports a dizzyingly repeating riff and also has a totally sick bass line. “It’s up There” feels like a variation of the first track; deep into the cut, when the bass and drums step forward, it comes off like mutant disco. The blissed-out “Burned Out” rumbles along on an intriguing groove, as vocals, almost-churchy organ, and guitar rifflets ride the flow. (One nice touch: the use of sustained, Robert Fripp–like tones.) “Arpeggiated Love” evokes Terry Riley’s ecstatic stasis, while the title track builds and builds into a gargantuan juggernaut of sound. “Sweet Slow Baby” uses a staggering rhythmic sample as the foundation of a towering edifice: the track’s combination of grandeur and clunkiness works.

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Effective TRance

Instantly one of the best electronic albums of the decade.
The sound engineered here might ultimately become genre defining when people look back at this era in a few years.
"Is This Power" is, in my mind, the absolute experience of the album: perfect frequency magic-- something like an eye-dozer done right. You will be transported.
If this music sounds repetitive, you're not listening to it properly yet. This music is about immersing yourself completely in the textures, losing sense of time and place and musical pace.
i.e... welcome to the 21st century as it is becoming.

For those who love indie electronica, ambient music, dance music, and experimental pop, Looping State of Mind is a must have in your collection.


I knew The Field was good, I mean the first two albums are great and now this one! Best...album...of the...year!


This just became my favorite Field album... These loops will zone you out in a good way


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 led...
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