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Musical Pairings: Field Music – Tones of Town (paired with oatmeal)

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Oatmeal is such a wonderful breakfast food. A warm bowl of oatmeal with some fresh fruit can really get you going in the morning. Likewise, the right musical pairing in the morning with breakfast can fill you with energy and optimism. For this reason, Field Music’s album Tones of Town is a great album for the morning.

Part Beach Boys and part New Pornographers, this is effortlessly catchy, upbeat indie-pop genius. If the idea of listening to a collection of easily accessible, multi-layered pop songs sounds like something you’d be interested in – this album is for you. Best yet, unlike a lot of disposable pop music, Field Music’s melodic complexity still manages to find room to grow on you with repeated listens. The album opens with soft, melodious chimes – like the sound of pleasantly waking from a good dream – and one of the catchiest tracks on the album “Give it Lose It Take It.” The fourth track on the album, “A House Is Not a Home” is beautiful, enveloping and warm. Other highlights include “Working to Work,” “In Context,” and “Closer at Hand.” It is beyond me why this band isn’t more popular than they are.

Field Music – Closer at Hand

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Posted by Matthew Hickey

Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

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