Sandcandles reignites Field’s love of sound design, and manifests an entirely unique offering, seeing Field enjoying himself anew.
Sandcandles is a paradigm shift away from Field’s 2019 debut, Picture Stone, resulting from a time of uncertainty paired with a contemplative and questioning perspective. This LP abandons Field’s hallmark of a more traditional songwriting, and trades it in for textural, electronic landscapes populated by immersive fogs of ambience, skittering flourishes of plastic percussion and avant-garde vocal production, akin to Intelligent Dance Music of the early 1990s.
With the Coronavirus pandemic halting both the competitive and performative aspects of the music industry through 2020, Field found fertile ground on which to nourish himself creatively. Granted time to focus on the LP, Field was able to complete Sandcandles, a body of work comprised largely of material from 15 to 20 years ago – a version of himself he had forgotten about. “I’ve struggled with issues regarding self-consciousness for longer than I care to comment on,” states Field, “to the extent that I’d buried this part of my creative self.” Sandcandles reignites Field’s love of sound design, and manifests an entirely unique offering, seeing Field enjoying himself anew.
Special note from Field: ‘The purpose of this album is to honour my younger creative self. It’s very different to my first album, but I’m ok with that. I am cognisant though that it may be odd for you. Fingers crossed you don’t mind this left turn. Otherwise, I’m really not sure what might follow this all, fyi. It’s a big old question mark.’
1. Yellow Hearts
2. Broken Pin
3. Cotton Cathode Ray
4. Measurement Doesn’t Change The Distance – Arcs
6. 55 Cancri A
7. 55 Cancri b
8. Mountaineer – Receivers
9. Hidden Circle Syzygy
11. A Version Of – An MYV Out
released October 1, 2021
All songs composed, performed and produced by Sebastian Field, except for; Mountaineer, produced by Sebastian Field and Sam King; 55 Cancri A, recorded by Sam King, produced by Sebastian Field and Sam King, and; A Version Of, which is a rework of Zeroes And Ones by A Country Practice, appearing courtesy of A Country Practice (acountrypractice.bandcamp.com).
Mastered by Becki Whitton.
Album art photography by Danny Wild, edited and designed by Sebastian Field.