Slug: Ripe

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As soon as we heard this, we thought: Field Music. And we couldn’t have been more right. Slug is, who plays bass in Field Music’s touring band (which means we’ve seen him a couple of times).
Field Music’s Brewis Bros lent Black their studio and produce/play. Fans of Field Music should buy this as it’s very much in the same vein: clean production, and a precise, almost math, take on indie prog.
We have to say: we’ve never warmed to Field Music. They play music that’s too clean and technical for us, despite their musicianship: they must be up there with the most proficient and accomplished musicians in the country. We find it a little unemotional. They have a fanbase and the critics love them, so we could be wrong. It has been known.
Ripe kicks off with Grimacing Mask, a dark little instrumental, before Cockeyed Rabbit Wrapped In Plastic, which is clearly the sound of a Field Music fan: Led Zep drums, falsetto vocals, and a big riff from Yes. Sha La La is more conventional, though the drums do a lot of progging about, despite the rest of the song being close to pop. Eggs And Eyes is almost radio friendly.
Highlights are the kettle drums played as classical instruments in Weight of Violence, and the following track, Running To Get Past Your Heart, a metronomic pop tune that’s B52s meets Metronomy via Flaming Lips, as bonkers a sound as the rest of the album.

About jerobear

Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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