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!
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
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.
Forest Field has just released the official lyric video for Stronger from their recent Onwards And Upwards opus. Considered by many as one of the stand out tracks on offer, the video was made by international artist Nidal Jemoudi.
To celebrate the release of the new Forest Field album we have a temporary offer: if you buy the Onwards and Upwards CD from Forest Field before September 15, you get another CD from our catalogue for FREE. Even if it is another copy to give away.So hurry and order and don´t forget to tell all your friends!
Coming September 7 will see the release of the new Forest Field album Onwards And Upwards. All songs and instruments by Peter Cox, all vocals by Phil Vincent and Sue Straw is guesting as well, this time playing Native American flutes on the track Hope. The album was mixed by Billy Sherwood (ex Yes, Conspiracy, Circa:) and mastered by Maor Applebaum.
The first teaser is online now and features the song A Miracle:
Forest Field have completed the recording of their new album Onwards and Upwards and all files were sent to the USA. This because no one less than Billy Sherwood (Yes, Circa:, Conspiracy, etc.) will be mixing! Need less to say we all are very excited at this prospect.
On his facebook page Billy has been updating regularly about the work in progress and has said he thinks it sounds very cool. His exact words in a mail were: “I think it’s all sounding really cool in it’s present state !! Cool tunes, I like the vocalists vibe, he has a great voice. All the music has a great vibe too and now with the mixs in order there is a sonic flow that makes it all connect, I think you are going to really dig it 🙂 ”
Of course this makes us very happy and proud. thank you Billy!
The second Forest Field release continues to gather praise from around the world. Very happy with that of course. The first pressing is steadily selling, so better hurry to grab your copy!
More good news is that the new album is in the mixing stages. This time all vocals are handled by the mighty mister Phil Vincent (solo, Legion, D´Ercole, Tragik, etc). And wonderful Sue Straw guests on Native American flutes on the track Hope.
And finally we can welcome the CD release of the Forest Field album Pioneers Of The Future!
Problems are solved, so we are adding the title to the shop today. First reviews are very promising, so please go check it out.