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Field Music



On their second album, Tones of Town (Memphis Industries), Field Music continue in the vein of their 2005 self-titled debut, erecting a tastefully baroque edifice from the same prog-pop blueprint. Songwriters/brothers Peter and David Brewis and keyboardist Andrew Moore filter 70s Yes and Jethro Tull sensibilities (seen in details like strings, multilayered marimba, and lush vocal harmonies) through an adult-contemporary British pop aesthetic on standouts like "Give It Lose It Take It" and "Closer at Hand." This MO might sound a bit dull on paper, and in fact the songs do have a pretty low resting pulse rate--they certainly won't knock you on your ass at first. But the effect is clearly deliberate (the band produced the album at their own studio), and with repeated listening the subdued drama of the music becomes more apparent--you can find plenty of subtle, tricky convolutions to explore and get lost in. Menomena headlines and Land of Talk opens. a 10 PM, Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western, 773-276-3600 or 866-468-3401, $10. --J. Niimi

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