Words: Ella Higginbotham
Summer is the perfect time to get into new bands and explore your musical tastes so if you’re looking for a new summer soundtrack you should definitely consider Field Mouse’s quirky debut album, Hold Still Life. Their unique, smooth, indie rock sound just makes me picture myself sunbathing on a warm beach, probably somewhere in the Caribbean, with their album on full blast (which, let me tell you, is very disappointing when the last song ends and I’m brought back to dull, cold Nottingham.)
The first track, A Place You Return to in a Dream, provides an electric opening and is the kind of song that you and your friends would get up and dance to on a summer evening with its pumping drum beats and eccentric vocals. The next song, Tomorrow is Yesterday gives a perfect vibe for a road trip; driving down an isolated road with the windows rolled down while chilling to Field Mouse is now on my bucket list. This then progresses into Two Ships which creates a much deeper sound and would be that song at a gig where everyone sways and head-bobs to the distinctive beat and the band’s indie influences really shine through. Then comes the most popular track on the album, Everyone But You, which has a subtle electric feel and is so catchy that I will probably be singing it for days – which really isn’t a problem for me, there are worse things in life than having brilliant songs stuck in your head. Asteroid is up next, and the driving guitar riffs means you can’t sit still; at least a foot tap is needed when this song plays. This is no different for Reina and the dynamic drum beat of Netsuke which means by this point both your feet will be moving. Horizon City rocks, Bright Lights is smooth, silky and sensual and Happy definitely lives up to its title – happiness is undeniably a very strong emotion felt when listening. The penultimate track Kids slows down the drums and lets the soft vocals power through the song, and there is definitely a place for this on my relaxing playlist. To end the album, the drums are reintroduced in Water in the Valley and combine beautifully with the vocals and guitar to create a very underrated, powerful track that characterises the whole album and makes you start the whole thing all over again.
Field Mouse have very successfully proved that bands with female vocalists don’t have to all have the same sound as Paramore; their exceptional and intimate sound means they are very quickly starting to become one of my favourite bands. Seriously, go fucking listen to this album because as soon as this band tour I’m going to be there.