April 3, 2012

this is the one like ten years ago that i told you about / when my wings iced up in the fall

Field Report has put together a gorgeous, slow-building record of sleet and woodsmoke and fever dreams. Appearing from seemingly nowhere, this record is needling and soothing me over and over these days of schizophrenic springtime ice storms.

“And no one saw my banners, my bruises, my flares, my flags.” BLAMM.

Fergus Falls – Field Report

Field Report is a surname anagram (I love clever things) of Chris Porterfield, who used to play in DeYarmond Edison (the other members of which were Justin Vernon/Bon Iver and Megafaun), and you’ll hear those musical tentacles woven over this beautiful record. Porterfield has strung together his own collection of songs carefully-crafted over the past few years, and I have the whole thing on repeat lately. It’s understated, and keeps yielding up new quiet colors on multiple listens.

The full Field Report debut was recorded at Justin Vernon’s studio in Wisconsin, and is out this July. For now, listen to these over and over, please.

I Am Not Waiting Anymore – Field Report

Field Report is currently on tour with Megafaun, and in my hometown Bay tonight.

04/03/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord
04/04/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
04/05/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
04/06/12 – Tempe, AZ @ The Sail Inn
04/08/12 – Santa Fe, NM @ Sol Santa Fe
04/10/12 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/12/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
04/14/12 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom

And: this is new. The band gives a Wisconsin phone number on the website, where folks can text them. TTYL.

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  • I saw this post, and thought the album had dropped early, and I got very overexcited :(.

    I saw them open for Megafaun and it was one of those “am I really witnessing this happen, here, so early in this band’s career?”

    It was breathtaking.

    David Kolen — April 3, 2012 @ 11:14 am

  • Have you heard the 2 EPs he released as Conrad Plymouth? Both of the songs above are featured and the others are also great.
    I really hope the track “Tapes” is going to feature on this new album. I’ve heard it done live and it sounds amazing.

    Liam — April 4, 2012 @ 2:09 am

  • get this: I just found the clear vinyl EP from Conrad Plymouth tonight in my stack of vinyl, while I was looking for something else, with an early version of Fergus Falls on it! i am such an overworked oblivious dork sometimes.

    browneheather — April 4, 2012 @ 8:53 am

  • Best discovery of SXSW ’12. They are amazing live.

    Woody — April 4, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

  • Thanks for the heads up Heather. They weren’t mentioned on the Santa Fe Sol website for Sunday night with Megafaun.

    We saw them at SXSW. They were excellent!

    Bob — April 7, 2012 @ 2:13 am

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