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Released: 05.02.16

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Marking the return of Field Music duty after several years of downtime and solo work, Commontime smartly avoids the trappings of the ‘comeback’ record by digging its heels into its own world of sophisticated, intricate songwriting.

Blue-eyed soul and Prince might be the game the brothers Brewis have been talking up, but it’s the sophisti-pop of late Prefab Sprout and the sumptuous strings of Stereolab that often come to mind: on The Morning Is Waiting and Trouble At The Lights, they conjure up some of their most intricate but also most touching work to date.

Whether or not an hour of music this melodically dense is perhaps overkill is debatable, but Commontime stands as another remarkable feat for Field Music.

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