FIELD MUSIC TO RELEASE MUSIC FOR DRIFTERS – 24TH JULY ON MEMPHIS INDUSTRIES
STREAM FOUR EXCERPTS FROM SOUNDTRACK ALBUM NOW
In 2013, Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned Field Music to compose a new cinematic score to accompany Drifters, a seminal silent documentary by John Grierson, the pioneering Scottish filmmaker known for coining the term ‘documentary.’ The film follows the working day of a herring fishing fleet as they set sail from the Shetland Islands to battle the elements of the North Sea fishing grounds and originally premiered in 1929 alongside Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin.
The Sunderland band were ideal candidates for such a task in living in such close proximity to the North Sea themselves. “It was quite easy to imagine the harbour scenes happening down by the river in Sunderland or in Whitby or Alnmouth or Berwick,” recalls David Brewis.
Field Music – excerpts from Music For Drifters
Having spent the Autumn of last year revisiting the score in their Wearside studio, Field Music will release their soundtrack for Drifters this summer, having initially seen a limited release on this year’s Record Store Day. Completely instrumental, it’s the first time the band constructed anything from improvising together. “I suppose we had some idea before we started that we’d write slow, spacious, atmospheric music in a classically “cinematic” style but the film just isn’t like that at all – it’s full of movement and collage and jump-cuts,”explains Brewis.
“We realised that if we echoed the rhythm, the momentum on-screen, then we could make something which fit the film and also sounded like us. Some sections solidified into something “composed” quite quickly and some sections have stayed quite spontaneous.”
The album reunites the original Field Music line-up of Peter, David and keyboardist Andrew Moore, with the addition of regular Field Music bassist Andrew Lowther for live performances.
Field Music are currently working on their fifth long player which is due for release sometime in 2016.
FIELD MUSIC DRIFTERS LIVE SCORE
27 June – Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea