Happy release day Field Division
Today at Bella Union we are pleased to share with you all the debut album from Evelyn Taylor and Nicolas Framppton, better known as Field Division. “Dark Matter Dreams” is out now and available on Vinyl/CD/Digital.
Four years on from the sumptuous dream-folk of their 2014 EP Reverie State, the Des Moines couple flex all their lung-power on their debut album, Dark Matter Dreams. Written on the road, where the duo has been living even when not touring, it’s a sweeping album with rock vigour and the spark of deeply held convictions, nurtured in the face of widespread modern disillusionment. Vintage influences include Buckingham Nicks, Led Zeppelin, All Things Must Pass, The Beatles, and the 1960s/1970s Laurel Canyon scene, but make no mistake: this is an album that lives and breathes for today.
As the duo explain, “Our goal with Dark Matter Dreams was to retain the raw beauty and dynamics that were captured on Reverie State, but to expand on a more driving, forward-moving feeling in the music. The energy of a live band was something we wanted to capture.” That mission is honoured as soon as opening track ‘River in Reverse’ surges forward, guitars flickering like headlights in the night as Taylor explores light and dark dualities and lays out a mission statement in a luminous vocal. “Let’s transcend it all,” she sings, seeding a theme the duo will return to.
Instrumental figures included an array of guests, there to flesh out the album’s lustrous soundscapes on synths, strings, pedal-steel guitar and more. Their number included drummer and co-producer Mckenzie Smith, whose band Midlake stand tall among Field Division’s modern influences (see also Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Slowdive and Radiohead) and in whose Denton, Texas, studio Taylor and Frampton began re-recording the album.
The result is the culmination of a bond between Taylor and Frampton that stretches back to 2011. While Taylor had been working as a photographer in Des Moines, Frampton’s background included years spent touring in hardcore bands before formal music studies helped channel his energies into songwriting & producing. Field Division as a concept began in 2010, as Taylor sought an outlet for her songs and art. Relocated to Nashville, she began collaborating with Frampton in 2013, when the duo discovered shared passions and aesthetic instincts.
As they navigate the shadows within and without, the duo’s chemistry lights the way forward on Dark Matter Dreams. As they say, “Our mission statement is basically where our band name comes from: to transcend, to be or go beyond the range or limits, whether it’s the darkness of our own minds or society.” Dark Matter Dreams is the sound of Field Division nurturing that timeless yearning into gutsy, glorious, in-the-moment life, hearts pulsing at the promise of the road ahead.