Forest Field have decided to upload a video for the song Freaky Friday, from their Pioneers Of The Future album. It was just sitting lonely on the computer, so putting it to use seemed the right thing to do. Enjoy this instrumental track!
Paul from Morpheus has written some very nice words about the Somewhere Around CD:
Somewhere Around is a rather eclectic, highly melodic album of bright electronic music that draws upon influences ranging from Berlin School, 80’s synth pop, modern space music, lounge and new age positivity. Built primarily around synthetic keyboard sounds and mellotron, Peter Cox also incorporates some deft electric and acoustic guitar work; breathy pan flutes; expressive sax; echoing chimes and a range of sparkling effects into his music. The album takes the listener on an overarching homeward-bound journey: the opening spacey, beatless tracks featuring layered electronica and attractive, meandering structures; rhythmic sequences and emotional intensity increasing as we come down to earth; percussive patterns and beats build as we move toward the familiarity of civilisation. Most tracks are warm, inviting and very much easy-listening: piano and synthetic leads comfortably holding the attention, electronic peripherals providing interesting backdrops.
To see what else he had to say, or for some of my comments, please visit his page here.
UK magazine has done a very nice review of the latest effort by Forest Field. Thanks!
This is Forest Field’s second album, their name taken from the region in (I think) the Netherlands where Peter Cox, the band leader lives. It consists of eleven tracks, ranging from 3 to 7 minutes, where all the odd numbered tracks are instrumental and the even number with vocals.
The album is book ended by Onwards at the beginning and And Upwards at the end. This is a simple instrumental piece played on both tracks that benefits from the greater production on the latter.
I must confess to finding it hard to exactly place just what style this music is. The record company describes the instrumental pieces as ambient and proggy. and I guess that is reasonable accurate, and I found all the instrumentals to be pleasant without being much more than that, but they do provide light and shade between the vocal tracks.
Certainly the vocalist is very good with a nice voice and the quality of the songs is excellent, with some lovely catchy themes, the trouble is I am not sure they are really prog. In fact A Miracle I could just visualize being sung by Take That. That is not meant in a bad way, the song is excellent and with the money and production available to bands like Take That, I could easily see this being a hit, and the same could be said about all other vocal tracks all of which have strong melodies.
This however seems to sit between both stools and is a bit too rocky for pop music lovers but not inventive enough for prog fans. There is clearly a lot of talent here , but if they want to appeal to prog fans then maybe they should think about a concept next time or fleshing out the songs and being a bit more inventive. Overall I quite liked it and it would certainly be good to play in the car or home when others of a less proggy nature are listening. SM
Here a little clip of Peter working on a guitar solo:
Dutch magazine Io Pages published a nice review of our Onwards and Upwards album.
“Forest Field brings a tranquil form of prog with a lot of room for acoustic guitar and piano”
“What I like is the guitar playing by Cox. Regularly scharp solos can be heard, for instance in Car Park Pleasures and Stronger”
“Hope is a beautiful song with Mellotron strings and Sue Straw on flutes”.
If you can read Dutch, you can read the article:
Forest Field is een project van de Nederlandse multi-instrumentalist Peter Cox (gitaar, bas, toetsen, drums), gitarist bij Chinawhite. Andere musici zijn zanger Phil Vincent (Legion, Tragik) en zangeres-fluitiste Sue Straw, beiden Amerikanen. Onwards And Upwards is het 2e album na Pioneers Of The Future (zie iO117). De mix werd verzorgd door de bij prog liefhebbers bekende Billy Sherwood. Forest Field maakt een rustige vorm van prog met veel ruimte voor de akoustische gitaar en de piano. Ambient progressive rock noemt men het zelf en daarin kan ik me wel vinden. In 6 van de 11 nummers wordt gezongen, maar Phil Vincent heeft een wat hoge stem die me helaas niet zo kan bekoren.
Wat me wel bevalt is het bekwame gitaarspel van Cox. Hij laat met enige regelmaat scherpe solo’s horen, bijvoorbeeld in Car Park Pleasures en Stronger. De instrumentale nummers vind ik dus sterker dan de gezongen tracks, want die ontberen wat spanning. Hope is echter wel een fraai nummer met Mellotron strings en een bijdrage van Straw op fluit. Ook het stuwende Believe met een prettig synthesizer loopje is aardig. Soms hoor ik wat passages die ook als film muziek dienst zouden kunnen doen, zoals And Upwards, met opnieuw strijkers uit de Mellotron. Mensen die van ‘lichte’ prog houden, zouden de muziek van Forest Field eens kunnen proberen. Meer informatie kun je vinden op de website van de band.
This week all Chinawhite albums, CD and Digital, are available for only 5 euro at their Bandcamp page. Except for first release A Dragon’s Birth, that remains priced at € 3,50.
A great chance to get them all at an unbeatable price!
Visit the Chinawhite bandcamp page for details and order.
Our prog rock project Forest Field has released another lyric video for one of the songs from the Onwards And Upwards album. This time it is A Miracle and the video has again been made in cooperation with Moroccan artist Nidal Jemoudi. Enjoy!
The new Earthshine album Somewhere Around is available now! So about time you enjoy some impressions of it:
Such good words call for action, that is why we will add a FREE band shirt to every order this week here in our little webshop. As long as stock permits though!
So go ahead and be the first amongst your friends 🙂
On coming January 18 the new Earthshine CD Somewhere Around will become available. But the good news is, you can already order it here in our shop! It is on it’s way to distributors around the globe, but of course we already have it in store. And to add to the fun, if you order the album before January 19, you will get a link to download a digital copy of the album for free!
Just to whet your appetite, here is track 2, the wonderful Sunset On Mars: