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Released: 05.03.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I went into this album with little idea of what to expect and emerged 35 minutes later really quite overwhelmed. Part of an ongoing series of collaborations from Stuart Hyatt, this ninth Field Works album brings together a heady mix of musicians (Marisa Anderson and Nathan Bowles leapt out at me) to produce a gorgeous blend of pedal-steel and fiddle-driven ambient Americana suffused with influences from Lebanon and the Middle East – indeed half the album features the warm, smoky voice of Lebanese musician Youmna Saba reading or singing her own poems, while upcoming country musician HC McEntire reads poems by Todd Fleming Davis.

The music is warm and woody and shimmering, like the soundtrack to a Kelly Reichardt movie or an afternoon nap. Absolutely enchanting.

 

 

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