The Airfields (2)
The Airfields : Up all Night (Humblebee)
With their "Laneways" ep the Airfields showed themselves to be masters at effortlessly combining beautiful "barbed wire" noise with tender romanticism sometimes all in the course of the same song. The songs on that ep felt like tender bruises, with their lovelorn aching vocals.
Those of you who were lucky enough to snap up a copy of their Cloudberry Records cdep "yr so wonderful" (which is now sold out) know that the "Laneways" ep was no fluke, with the track "icing sugar" showing the Airfields to be masters at their own game sounding like the lovechild of early Ride and Brighter.Now comes their debut album "up all night" (out on humblebee recordings) and it does not disappoint (by the way all three tracks of the aforementioned Cloudberry records release are included here - phew!). It's an album that shows all the different facets of the Airfields songwriting craft and sound, taking in many different influences from the Field Mice on opening track "prisoners of our love", the "molten lava" sound of My Bloody Valentine on "never see you smile" on which the vocals are a deadringer for Kurt Ralske of Ultra Vivid Scene to the shimmering Clientele-esque tremelo guitars on the song "St. Monday", all the while remaining unmistakingly the Airfields.
In the end the album resembles nothing more than a kaleidoscope or one of those candy sticks which reveal a different coloured and flavoured layer with each lick. It is an album which throws up happy surprises with each listening and which is bound to end up a future classic. An early contender for album of the year ?!
=> "Prisoners of our Love" Bart