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 today 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 every day — into the now.”
We already shared “Only In A Man’s World”, “Beyond That of Courtesy” and “Money Is A Memory”; “Do You Read Me?” is a new excerpt. Listen below.