Sea From Shore

album Track Listing

rockist part 1
rockist part 2
disappointment '99
poor boy
keep your water
marine life
this is no fun
extended holiday
rockist part 3 (aposiopesis)
rockist part 4

Details Sea From Shore

Since Field Music’s final tour of the US in March 07, David Brewis has been busily piecing together this first School of Language record, which can perhaps be seen as the first test of the above proposition. Primarily recorded by David alone and consciously susceptible to the cut-and-paste, multi-tasking tangents induced by laptop recording, these constructions are resolutely un-band-like, veering between the intricate and unplayable and the solitary and unadorned, their cohesion stemming from an embrace of all that is most obtuse and personal.

Sea From Shore is bookended by the quartet of ‘Rockist’ tracks, a series of daydreams on words, their meanings and the decisions which follow from them, all underpinned by a collection of incessant looped voices. The album can, in some ways, be seen as a companion piece to Tones of Town but where that record was preoccupied with the choices resulting from questions of time and place, here time is tied to people – often because of their absence, but at other times because their closeness is what rejuvenates us.

Adding a collaborative presence, the album features one or two cameo appearances from David’s hometown friends. Barry Hyde of the Futureheads plays guitar and sings on Disappointment ’99, while the same band’s David Craig, sings on Disappointment ’99 and Extended Holiday, along with former star of Kenickie and Rosita, Marie Nixon and their friend Sarah McKeown. School of Language’s live appearances, however, have thus far been completely solo – a one man and his guitar performance about as far removed from the current crop of anodyne singer-songwriters as it’s possible to be.