One year after Open Here, British band Field Music announced the release of a new album. Making A New World is a 19 track song cycle about the after-effects of the First World War and it is out on January 10th via Memphis Industries. According to the press release, But this is not an album about war and it is not, in any traditional sense, an album about remembrance. There are songs here about air traffic control and gender reassignment surgery. There are songs about Tiananmen Square and about ultrasound. There are even songs about Becontree Housing Estate and about sanitary towels.
“We imagined the lines from that image continuing across the next hundred years,” says the band’s David Brewis, “and we looked for stories which tied back to specific events from the war or the immediate aftermath. In writing these songs, we felt we were pulling the war towards us — out of remembrance and into the everyday — into the now.”
We already shared “Only In A Man’s World” and “Money Is A Memory” is a new excerpt; “Beyond That of Courtesy” is a new excerpt.
It references the Inter-Allied Women’s Conference organized by the French Women’s Suffrage Societies post the First World War. The conference was designed to promote women’s political participation at both national and international levels. Fast forward to 1960: Sirimavo Bandaranaike is elected prime minister of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). She is the world’s first elected female head of government. Nineteen years later Margaret Thatcher becomes the first female elected head of government in Europe. Progress but at a cost.