Squid - Bright Green Field

Bright Green Field

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avernannes
78
★★★★★★★☆☆☆
7.8/10

After "For the First Time", this is probably my favourite post-punk release of the year so far, and there were sooo many already. I'm not gonna write essays about "Bright Green Field" because everything that could be said about it was most likely already said, but yeah, it's a super solid record, Talking Heads influence is more than apparent here, but it's still executed with class and doesn't sound like a rip-off. Not a fan of the ... read more
koner1
76
You like manic vocals, free jazz drones and dissonant chords, dontcha Squidward?
Jamobo
80
While I somehow missed the hype-train for Black Country, New Roads, I was all aboard the one for Squid

Formed in 2015, the Brighton quintet have released a slew of singles and EPs prior to their debut, Bright Green Field, most notably the single Houseplants and the EP Town Centre in 2019 as well as the single Sludge, backed by Broadcaster, in 2020. However it wasn't until January of 2021 that we got our first taste of this record with lead single Narrator.

A towering, 8 minute cut of choppy, ... read more
GersonAOTY
75
I was assimilating "Bright Green Field" throughout this whole week and letting the album grow in me and basically it was a mix of emotions.

The songs "Narrator" and "Boy Racers" were definitely the strongest points of the project for me, in fact, I would say they are one of my favorite songs of this year thanks to their creative formulas and a production out of this world. Now the rest?

I have to say that I expected a bit more and that’s why it took me so ... read more
hiphopcritiques
87
I have two Post-Punk albums in my top 3 of the year... yeah I'm gonna remain a virgin for the rest of my life.

This review isn't realliy going to be long or anything special at all. I just really love this fucking album, plus, I'm not too good at going in depth on albums (not the best writer). So this is just going to be a down to earth review explaining what I really loved about this project. But, I think we can agree that Post-Punk for the most part is fucking dominating this year. With most ... read more
TehSniper_143
85
While I do still think the BC, NR album from earlier this year is better, this is still really amazing!

Vocals are really bizarre, they literally sound like the auditory equivalent to how Jim Carrey acts in his movies. And this is kinda a double edge sword, because on some songs, the vocals fucking transcend the song to great heights (like on "Narrator", that song fucks!), but on some tracks, it can get a little too weird for me personally (Documentary Filmmaker"). Also, the ... read more
JoaoSantos
80
SQUOD
comunismin
90
this is illegal
Wam
94
I PLAY MYYY I PLAYGG MIEEGHYYYYH
Music_Nerds
93
I just want to start this by saying that this particular review was near impossible for me to complete. My normal process is to write on the fly, in some cases I need repeat listens but even after 15 listens ‘Bright Green Field’ is very difficult to pin down and categorise, it’s fresh and intently slippery.

Lively, energetic and improvisational are the first words that come to mind when attempting to express what is happening on ‘Bright Green Field’.

Where do I ... read more
QueenRosie
90
looks like a person who is climbing
Supertartory
93
So, I’ve been really excited for this album for a while now. A friend of mine had recommended me listen to “Narrator” when I was really enjoying Black Country, New Road because he said there were similarities. I adored the single the first time I heard it, it hit every single bit of criteria I could want out of a song: it’s loud, it’s fun, it’s repetitive but not to an annoying degree, it’s incredibly memorable and it’s well written oh, and ... read more
SamiSan
80
80 - 4 bops ('Narrator,' 'Paddling,' 'Peel St.' 'Pamphlets')

I suppose there’s much to say about the things that aren’t said. Squid believes so; they exemplify it. Rarely could you call their vocals truly melodic. There’s always a tinge of feeling, aggression, anger, a fever pitch, at times, of all of it at once. As strange as it seems, this off-putting, British post-punk band still has control through it all. They waver from sound to sound, voice to voice, distortion to cry ... read more
ChanMart
80
After hearing Narrator as a single, this became my most hyped record of the year. Luckily, the rest of the album doesn’t disappoint. Bright Green Field reaches climaxes that are truly mind-expanding, and not once does the band lose their knack for solid grooves and thoughtful lyricism.

Standout Tracks: G.S.K., Narrator, Pamphlets, Paddling, Boy Racers, Peer St.
ElectricMess
90
This year has given me two incredible albums with pretty green cover art. God bless.

This is punk at its most unhinged, fun, and smart. Squid are carrying a torch that Talking Heads lit back in 1977, and they’re carrying it far.
freckledfreako
75
Squid really caught my attention when I heard Narrator for the first time. It was one of the craziest songs I'd heard in a while, so I was obviously excited for this album, but I was also scared that it wouldn't live up to my standards. After about 2 listens all the way through, I can gladly say that it is truly a great album. I did expect something in the 90s, but the second half of the album was not as interesting as the masterpiece that is the first half. Tracks 8-10 did not excite me like ... read more
Scre4meh
90
I don't know what the fuck have i just listened to, but fuck me, this is great. Squidward must be throwing punches in the air right now.

Squid's debut album was a highly anticipated release for literally everyone on the site. And so it was for myself. I mean, goddamn, "Narrator" is one of the best singles of this year. Did it deliver? Hell yeah, it did. It's just about as great as i expected it to be.

Originally inspired by a short story called "A Bright Green Field", in ... read more
biglasagnayeet
86
"Bright Green Field" is unequivocally one of the best records of the year so far. On the record, Squid delivers a brand of experimental rock that is constantly riveting, where every single second is rife with tension, intrigue and masterful musicianship. The instrumentals are bold, seamless and meticulous, canning up an incredible amount of emotion that, by the end of each track's cathartic conclusion, is exerted in such a rewarding fashion. The vocal performances by frontman Ollie ... read more
BGL13
93
wow

this is one of the most energetic albums i’ve ever heard. idk what else to say … just wow
Maqtheus
83
Acordes instrumentais dissonantes marcam a experiência de catarse pura presente no início ao fim de 'Bright Green Field, um disco interessante pelas suas peculiaridades remontadas a partir de vocais estridentes e uma produção insana por natureza.
FIREFIREFIRE
85
I was not excited for this album. I remember the first time I heard about the hype for Narrator and at that time I was super interested in hearing this song. So one day I found some time, sat down, and listened to it. Based on the first sentence of this review you could probably tell what my enjoyment of it was. After listening to it I thought "I'm super tired right now I probably just missed something in the song. I'll give it another shot in the morning." So the next morning I did ... read more
JayCrackers
87
With more experimental artsy post-punk making a lot of waves in the UK in the last couple of years with bands like Black Midi and more recently, Black Country, New Road, Squid eventually comes out with their debut, Bright Green Field, and joins the pack. Releasing a few singles and EPs along their journey to garner a relatively strong fan base they don't disappointed on their first LP, with a complex and very abstract listen, which offers some that cryptic and anxious feeling post-punk is known ... read more
Gyro64
85
more like ppoop punk also pamphlets lyrics must be really relatable for aoty community
Paty08
85
I've heard numerous post-punk albums this year and so far none really compare to this one for me. I mean just the bad's chemistry and the fact that they're here to represent the grassy plains of the outskirts of the popular British cities is enough to get me excited. But that plus the fact that they explore themes such as nuclear war, the oversaturation of bad news on news stations, and a scenario where a submissive woman is trying to escape a man's creepy thoughts, makes this album one of the ... read more
SwagMaster72
79
I wanna take a bite out of that man's ass
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