AOTY 2021

Flat White Moon

Field Music - Flat White Moon
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2021 Ratings: #430 / 672
User Score
Based on 63 ratings
2021 Ratings: #710
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Mojo
Having grown in style and confidence with each album and displayed a flair for charting life’s ever-changing weather patterns, here they do so with real, deeply- lived insight and dazzling pop expertise.
80
Uncut

Since bittersweet is the band’s natural inclination, they’ve smuggled in sobering thoughts of isolation, loneliness and optimism’s perpetual challenge. But hope wins through with the sprightly funk and handclaps of closer “You Get Better".

80
The Arts Desk

Although it is not solipsistic, Flat White Moon is Field Music’s most personal, most revealing, warmest-sounding album so far.

80
American Songwriter

Flat White Moon is an inventive, original and impressive project from a band who hasn’t yet found a boundary they can’t expand.

80
DIY
A solid record that does everything you’d ever hope a Field Music album would do.
80
AllMusic

Full of smart nods to their pop inspirations, Field Music's Flat White Moon is a poetic and beautifully realized production.

80
The Observer
The band’s unorthodox melodies come across as inspired, rather than as a secret handshake exchanged between initiates; much emotion is packed into these precise lyrics.
80
Record Collector

Moon illuminates its trying times with intelligence and instinctive melodic know-how in characteristically whip-sharp alignment.

78
Beats Per Minute

Field Music pull off this balancing act for one simple reason: this was their very gift to begin with.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Flat White Moon is an indulgently sweet, hook-filled offering from Field Music.

70
Loud and Quiet

Flat White Moon exercises less grandeur and revives a more playful approach that offsets darkness and grief with unusually open arms.

70
musicOMH

There’s nothing revolutionary on Flat White Moon, especially if you’re a long-term fan. What it is, however, is another impressively solid record from Field Music.

70
Clash
An addictive and joyful listen that should absolutely be blared out once picnic and barbecue season begins in earnest.
61
Pitchfork

Flat White Moon is simply a stagger in the wrong direction, and not evidence of a band hitting veteran status but now running on fumes.

60
The Skinny

Although Flat White Moon is a serene glance into the past, it lacks some of the innovation that make its inspirations so great.

50
Gigwise

Flat White Moon is not great but had potential. Field Music are more than capable of making a pop album that isn’t devoid of what makes them special, but this isn’t it.

Hom1803
55
Sounds like Weezer tbh
Ronania
23
dude this album is so bland. I swear the instrumental variances ( im being considerate ) is fucking bland. half of the tracks sound like way too similar. The drums are mixed so fucking weirdly; either theyre fucking not there or the snares are blaring i swear. The basslines are super repetitive and just not groovy at all. i dont think i remember one lyric off this project. But ngl Orion from the streets kinda fire. OOO and sidenote invisable days is a weezer clone song idec lmao
daFigz
75
Field Music's 'Flat White Moon' isn't an excellent record by the band. However, I feel that 'Flat White Moon' stands solidly with almost every previous record issue. The opening track fills the air with a gorgeous psychedelic keyboard intro which reminds me of William Doyle's opening track on the brilliant 'Great Spans Of Muddy Time.' AOTYers, if you dig Art Pop/Baroque Pop/Chamber Pop, check this band out. 'Flat White Moon' will make for a good beginning. I have spoken. Peace. - @daFigz™
TheCarioca
70
Orion From The Street - 3/5
Do Me A Favour - 3/5
Not When You're In Love - 3/5
Out of the Frame - 3/5
When You Last Heard From Linda - 3/5
No Pressure - 4/5
In This City - 3/5
I'm The One Who Wants To Be With You - 4/5
Meant To Be - 3/5
Invisible Days - 4/5
The Curtained Room - 4/5
You Get Better - 4/5
Music_Nerds
73
Edit: I’m coming back to this a bit and on repeated listens what is newly jumping out to me is the drums.

Progressive Pop/Chamber Pop/Art Pop - it’s as fruity as an orchid and not something I’d usually venture into but I’m really digging this, 80s style bass and I’m getting Split Enz/Crowded House & David Bowie feelings from this, there’s some funky, proggy Gang of Four post-punk and brit-rock guitars and Beatles vocal harmonies.

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Track List

  1. Orion From The Street
  2. Do Me A Favour
  3. Not When You're In Love
  4. Out of the Frame
  5. When You Last Heard From Linda
  6. No Pressure
  7. In This City
  8. I'm The One Who Wants To Be With You
  9. Meant To Be
  10. Invisible Days
  11. The Curtained Room
  12. You Get Better
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Added on: February 18, 2021