Making a New World

Field Music - Making a New World
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2020 Ratings: #15 / 19
User Score
Based on 65 ratings
2020 Ratings: #33
January 10, 2020 / Release Date
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Memphis Industries / Label
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It’s safe to say that Making a New World will be a hallmark on Field Music’s repertoire - an retrospective think-piece that is also enthralling to listen to.

The Guardian
Songs segue into each other as war is considered from unusual angles.
The Skinny

Making a New World demands a lot of listens, but the rewards are there for those who make the time to truly engage.

It all forms interlocking musical blocks which when placed together still somehow seem to outline jagged, modernist architectural landscapes.
God Is in the TV

Making A New World is a wonderfully constructed album. It’s subtly uplifting. This is not an angry, romantic or wistful collection of songs; this undertaking could have produced something clichéd. It comes together to probe the effects on relationships between people through nationality, language, gender and situational adaptability.


Making A New World may have started life as a gleam in the eye of a special projects director, but rather than act like temporary caretakers tiptoeing around WWI’s vast, eternally resonant themes, Field Music have sensibly moved in and made them their own. Not a memorial, then, so much as a remix of history.

The Line of Best Fit

Fans of Field Music will be absolutely overjoyed with this set, and of course, fans of '80s art rock will be in their element.

Loud and Quiet
It takes a band well-versed in nuance to pull off a project of this sophistication – which is probably why the museum approached Field Music in the first place.
It's a wonderfully appealing, daring, and intellectual accomplishment that should please anyone looking for notably challenging and smart pop/rock.
Slant Magazine
They’ve clearly studied the music of their predecessors with the same enthusiasm as WWI textbooks, and never has a history lesson sounded so strangely funky.
Keeping the raw emotion of a war that killed an estimated 40 million people out of the equation likely helped Field Music get their job done, but a touch more sentiment would have gone a long way toward taking this album beyond its research project roots.
Aside from a few great moments like the warm and accessible track 'Beyond That Of Courtesy', this listen does feel slightly hard to grasp due to its disjointed nature. There are enough ideas in the tank here, but ultimately it's not one to rush out and buy.
The Observer
Such is the ambitious scope of the concept, however, that the individual songs can seem like an afterthought, eclipsed by the weight of all that they’re trying to say.

It's telling that Making a New World began as a sound piece commissioned by the Imperial War Museum — it feels like a project stretched beyond its means. And where it stumbles as a concept record, it only sometimes succeeds as an art-rock record.

Music is the best way to learn about emotions, but the worst way to learn about facts. Without context, which Field Music’s medium can’t provide, you’re left perplexed by the obscure narrative perspectives and wondering why on earth these guys are singing about menstruation.
Unfortunately, as a musical portrayal of the long-lasting echoes of WWI, its ideas are far more interesting than their execution.

Thank you @MikeOwen for the suggestion!! Always appreciated my man!

I guess I didn’t enjoy this as much as some others. While I really like the concept behind the album, I couldn’t see any correlation anywhere (besides maybe a song title or two). I love how each track fades into the next, too. The only thing that irks me so much is the production / mixing. The drums are too fucking loud and overbearing to hear anything else as clearly. All in all, pretty cool concept, but I ... read more
I had never heard of Field Music before a few weeks ago, when I reviewed the Wikipedia article for the band's 2012 release Plumb to see if it was eligible to appear on the main page. After getting some issues sorted, it eventually made its appearance in the DYK section one the day before New Year's Eve 2019. I didn't think too much of it afterwards, although I was slightly intrigued by the article's description of the band's music. Soon after, the article nominator asked me whether I wanted to ... read more
Nice concept for an album. Unlike some other reviewers, this actually does kinda work for me. Some of these songs remind me a little of the Beatles, who I love. The production is mostly great, yet overbearing in relation to the vocals at times. Some of these tracks are actually pretty good, but for the most part they're are a little boring and repetitive. Very few that are actually bad. Vocals are decent but sometimes they slip up and just don't sound right, like on A Change of Heir.

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Making a New World is the seventh album of Sunderland-based rock band Field Music, a band that I was not familiar with before the release of this album.

And honestly, for a band seven albums deep into their musical career, I really expected something better than this. To me, Making a New World is as boring as art pop can possibly be. Perhaps the lyrical themes can sometimes be intriguing, but for me this album is perfectly flat. Only a few of the tracks stick out as sonically interesting, ... read more
I feel like this album is just a husk. And where the emptiness is, that's where the ideas are supposed to be.
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Track List

  1. Sound Ranging
  2. Silence
  3. Coffee or Wine
  4. Best Kept Garden
  5. I Thought You Were Something Else
  6. Between Nations
  7. A Change of Heir
  8. Do You Read Me?
  9. From a Dream, Into My Arms
  10. Beyond That of Courtesy
  11. A Shot to the Arm
  12. A Common Language, Pt. 1
  13. A Common Language, Pt. 2
  14. Nikon, Pt. 1
  15. Nikon, Pt. 2
  16. If the Wind Blows Towards the Hospital
  17. Only in a Man's World
  18. Money Is a Memory
  19. An Independent State
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