Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Todayâ€™s featured selection, chosen by Midday Show host Cheryl Waters, is â€œCharming The Flamesâ€ by Fields from the 2007 album Everything Last Winter on Atlantic.
Fields – Charming The Flames (MP3)
This debut full-length serves as the novel version of the successful EP, 7 From the Fields, released last year. This time around Fields showcase better production while maintaining Nick Peillâ€™s signature songwriting. Michael Beinhorn (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Herbie Hancock) headed up production, sparking fears of the band leaning in the wrong direction. Hopefully by now, those fears have been put to rest; the album showcases Fieldsâ€™ brand of prog-folk same as before, perhaps a little more epic and a lot more precise. Thorunn Antoniaâ€™s gorgeously eerie vocals are more prominent this time around, creating choruses catchy enough to keep even the timid listener coming back.
While their tour appears to be wrapping up, you can always listen to album time and time again, available in its entirety on the bandâ€™s MySpace page. Also, check out this very entertaining video for â€œSong for the Fieldsâ€: