Open Here

Open Here
A black square with the words "Field Music" in grey text at the top. Beneath the text is a graphic, in the center of whcih is a television inside a box with a large triangle resting atop of it. Beneath the television is a brown patterned carpet with pillows and pieces of cloth scattered around it. To the right of the television is a blue chair and a brown door. Above the door is the shape of white arrow pointing downward, with the words Open Here in black text within it. Above and to the right of the television is a window, through which an outdoor view and distant buildings are visible.
Studio album by
Released2 February 2018[1]
GenreIndie rock, alternative rock, chamber pop,[2] progressive pop,[3] art rock[4]
Length39:13
LabelMemphis Industries
Field Music chronology
Commontime
(2016)
Open Here
(2018)
Singles from Open Here
  1. "Count It Up"
    Released: 28 November 2017
  2. "Time in Joy"
    Released: 10 January 2018
  3. "Share a Pillow"
    Released: 24 January 2018

Open Here is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Field Music. It was released by Memphis Industries on 2 February 2018. The album combines elements of alternative rock and chamber pop, and includes a wider range of musical instruments than past Field Music albums, predominantly featuring flutes, horns, and string instruments. The band attempted to create a unique instrumental combination for each song; Field Music's David and Peter Brewis felt more confident about expanding the range of instruments on the album after having made a film soundtrack with an orchestra just before the recording of Open Here began.

Open Here is more overtly political in its themes than Field Music's previous albums, with many of the songs inspired by David and Peter Brewis' frustration with the result of the Brexit referendum vote. Songs like "Goodbye to the Country" and "Count It Up", the latter of which focuses on societal privileges enjoyed by white members of the middle- and upper-class, directly address Brexit; David Brewis described them as "definitely the angriest songs I have ever written". Other songs were inspired by David and Peter Brewis' children and the responsibilities of parenting, including "No King No Princess", which speaks out against gender stereotyping and social conceptions of femininity and masculinity.

Despite occasionally serious or cynical topics, Field Music attempted to infuse a sense of optimism and fun within Open Here; the opening track "Time in Joy", in particular, was described by Peter Brewis as an effort to confront difficult times "with a deliberate sense of fun". Open Here was the last of five consecutive albums Field Music recorded at their home studio in Sunderland, which was to be demolished shortly after the album was completed. Field Music involved a large number of guest musicians in recording the album, including saxophonist Pete Fraser, trumpeter Simon Dennis, flutist Sarah Hayes, and singer Liz Corney of The Cornshed Sisters, as well as the band's usual string quartet.

"Count It Up" was the first single from Open Here, and a music video was released for the song. Additional singles included "Time in Joy" and "Share a Pillow". The album received positive reviews, with an aggregated Metacritic rating of 81/100, and appeared on several of year-end lists of the best albums of 2018. Several reviewers compared Open Here to the work of such artists as David Bowie, Talking Heads, Steely Dan, Prince, Peter Gabriel, and XTC.

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alt=Peter Brewis of the rock band Field Music performing on a stage, playing a guitar and singing into a microphone, as other musicians perform in the darkened background behind him.
Peter Brewis, one half of the rock band Field Music, which also includes his brother David.

Open Here was the seventh album by Field Music, the English rock band consisting of the brothers David and Peter Brewis.[5] A follow-up to its 2016 album Commontime,[6] it was released through its label Memphis Industries.[5] In a press release, David Brewis said of Open Here: "Where Commontime felt like a distillation of all of the elements that make up Field Music, this feels like an expansion; as if we're pushing in every direction at once to see how far we can go."[7] The news release also describes the album as "bigger in scale, and grander than anything Field Music have done before",[7] and compared it to the works of pop experimentalists from the late 1970s and early 1980s, including Godley & Creme, XTC, and Todd Rundgren.[7] Peter Brewis said the title Open Here was "kind of a joke" revolving around the idea of the album as a packaged consumer commodity, since pre-packaged products often have the phrase "open here" on them.[8]

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