Fieldhead – They Shook Hands For Hours


Minimalist Electronica.  As sparse as the cover art.  As dark and brooding as the cover art.  As wonderfully evocative as the cover art. 

Many of you will not know who Fieldhead are/is.  Paul Elam may be better known to you for his work as guitarist in Leeds artists, and Trampoline favourites, GLISSANDO.  You may also know him for being a member of The Declining Winter.  But in his own right, as a solo artist Paul produces real ambient electronica.  Tapes hiss, static crackles, and Paul creates a record of real beauty as bleak and sparse and haunting as the landscape on the cover of the record.  Like most minimalist electronic music it would be easy to dismiss this record and listen to something more accessible.  However, that would not be doing this intelligent piece of art justice.  Something about it keeps drawing me in.  Keeps me listening over and over.  The attention to detail on this record is indescribable.  I’ve been sitting wondering where the best place to listen to this record is.  It’s not on the bus to work.  It’s not sitting at the computer in the office.  I’ll tell you where it is.  It’s lying on your bed, with the lights off at the end of a long hard day.  Do it and just shut your eyes.  This is a brilliant record.   I know I go on and on about the Leeds music scene, but fuck me the number of great records and artists coming out of Leeds is a little scary.  Anyways, Paul is a top bloke and he’s produced a top, top record.  Check him out here.  And make sure you purchase this record.  Enjoy.

TSP Grade = B+


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  1. I should add that I have it on good authority from a member of Meursault that Fieldhead live at the Bowery was one of the best live shows of the year. So if you get a chance to see him live. Take it.

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