This is not really a record review, but I need to include a record in this post because it is essentially beautiful. Beautiful in it’s essence. And without it, I wouldn’t be writing any of this. There’s no cover art pic, the cover is okay, very minimalist and irrelevant to a discussion of beauty, it’s not beautiful. But the record is also minimalist. Superficially at least. Because it’s not really minimal at all. There is a sophisticated and confident multiplicity about this record that confounds it’s minimalist-techno facade.
Sheesh, I used facade. Sorry about that. That’s not beautiful or minimalist, is it?
So the record is Yesterday And Today, by The Field. And yeah, it’s laid back. Sometimes I feel like a discovery has to have this earthy-gritty or harmony-hating shit going on to be considered a real gem, and that’s all cool and shit. I’m down with much of that nasty. But once and a while I feel like it’s time to offer up these morsels of otherspace now and then. Right? You guys know what clicks my shit. You probably make fun of it by now…
This is it. It’s good. It’s one of those, but not as sad, I think. Not sad at all, it moves along without that addictive but relentless Houseishness. Double album, and all long tracks, because sometimes I just don’t want to have to rush into things. Sometimes I just want to lay back and let things happen to me. Slowly.
Long songs laid out the way they naturally come: a couple of tracks at 8-10 minutes followed by a long, side-length meditation, then a couple more tighter bits then leave me with another full-side trip. There are a couple of almost “songs” here, including a cover of Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime and the killer title track, with John Stanier drummer gently wrenching us with a feather out of the analog synth MBV dream for a satisfying rub of the eyes and then depositing us back in the driver’s seat of this sensuous sports car in the Italian Alps.
Okay, that’s ridiculous, but every time I play this record, it’s a different thing, so by the time I describe it once, it’s already making fun of me at the next place. Another thing I love about vinyl is this:
That’s side four, Sequenced, over fifteen minutes of journey, and it’s spelled out right there in front of you. Look at the way those rhythms and undulations caress the surface of that side, all the way to the lead-out groove. You look at that and you know you’re going on a nice ride. One of the few recent acquisitions that I just want to hear beginning to end. And I just can’t get Yesterday And Today (the song) out of my head.