NEW VIDEO – ‘HOME (LEAVE THE LIGHTS ON)’ – ONLINE NOW
Single released 6th October on Partisan Record
From new album MARIGOLDEN out NOVEMBER 10th on PARTISAN RECORDS
“Marigolden is the sort of step forward every band hopes to achieve on their second record.” – STEREOGUM
“Meticulous…gorgeous” – NPR
“Quiet, Will Oldham-like fire” – SPIN
“Drop dead elegant” – Esquire
“The body remembers what the mind forgets,” Chris Porterfield reminisces on ‘Home’ the new single from his acclaimed band Field Report’s sophomore record, Marigolden (released October 6th). A record strewn with references to the inevitable tolls taken by the passage of time and prolonged periods at a distance from home and loved ones.
Wrapped in warmth, ‘Home’ bounds with a sweet Traveling Wilburys-esque pop. Careful country guitars twinkling beneath a longing only those lost to the road can really understand. “Leave the lights on,” Porterfield asks, “it might be nighttime when I get there, but I’m on my way home.”
The past couple of years have flashed by for Porterfield, who was thrust into the spotlight after years of musical seclusion. His Milwaukee-based band, Field Report (an anagram of his surname), was pulled together in the studio while recording their 2012 self-titled debut. They suddenly found themselves championed by their former idols: a support tour with Aimee Mann, lauded by the likes of Mark Eitzel and Richard Thompson, and covered by Blind Boys Of Alabama.
The band honed itself from a septet to a quartet in the year that followed, focusing its sound and tightening the screws. With a heavy batch of songs under their arms, they retreated to snowy Ontario in December 2013 to record their sophomore album, Marigolden, with the help of producer Robbie Lackritz (Feist).
Spending two years roaming around the country playing tiny venues and sold-out amphitheaters alike, Porterfield was uncertain whether he was leading the charge toward an artistic epiphany or headed down a misguided path of self-destruction. But rather than wallow in melancholy, Porterfield finds solace and inspiration through his songs, which reveal themselves as uplifting and celebratory. The album is brighter than their 2012 debut, but somehow remains just as elegantly ominous.
Sequestered in a seemingly never-ending Ontario blizzard, the band only broke from this musical process to add logs to the stove, with the snow and the fire providing a proper background for music so rooted in the elemental. The effect that this fundamentals-based approach achieves is universal: the sparse arrangements and common themes speak to everyone, but somehow feel tailored to each listener. The title itself reflects this, a portmanteau of two common images (marigold and golden) to create something that feels both idiosyncratic and familiar: Marigolden.
‘Home’ will be available for instant free download with any iTunes album pre-order:
Album iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/field-report/id549940010?ign-mpt=uo%3D4