The Noisy Days Are Over
Label: Memphis Industries
Field Music's first album in four years lays down a pulsing, light-footed groove beneath the band's intricate indie pop. (Compare the loping funk of six-minute overture "The Noisy Days Are Over" to the airy carnival pop of their debut's centerpiece "It's Not the Only Way to Feel Happy" and learn another way to feel happy.) What hasn't changed is the Mercury Prize winners' approach to mixing, which stays as generous to instruments within each song as ever: the dance workouts' sound is just as roomy and precise as the spare, glacial art-pop of "Trouble at the Lights," which builds into a squealing guitar epic.