The Field - Yesterday and Today
between the sheen of pure ice and airy perfection on From Here We Go Sublime and the much earthier grooves of Looping State of Mind there’s Yesterday and Today. it’s not the worst album in The Field’s discography only because nothing ever falls below “really good” so i guess this is least best. it’s also not easy to pin down by any stretch of categorization and it winds up being overlooked all the time.
it’s definitely an album that has soundtracked more than one bizarre waking dream version of the ideal futuristic city. the different layers of loops and drum tracks seem to be even more static than FHWGS’. it’s too slow to be a dance album. Axel Willner is toeing the line between dance and trance even more, possibly gleefully smudging it as he lays out a series of vectors to get us into his zone, wherever that is. computers are in overdrive and synthetic noises may have peaked on closer “Sequenced”.
this album is probably when Axel discovered his love of live instruments (Battles drummer John Stanier features on the title track, his 9/30 release Cupid’s Head is apparently 100% musicians playing real instruments, live shows last year featured a drummer and bassist). he grew up and moved on to go play in a stranger, newer sandbox. but he left this for us in the old one, an example of how alienating, strange, and unrelatable the idea of “perfect” can get.