Song of the day: Electronic Eye Machine – "Alternating Current"

December 14, 2012

Today’s post is a lazy one, because all I’ve done is pick a couple of tracks by my favorite active band, Field Music.

The reason for this laziness is that I’m currently ensconced in listening to some new music that I’ll be writing about when I can. In the last week or so I’ve had emails from bands coming at me from left, right, and centre. That means I’ve had three emails. (Left, right, and centre.)

So I’ll get around to posting those when I can.

In the meantime, here are a couple of Field Music tracks.

Potentially Dull Note About The First Track: The first song, “Alternating Current”, is by Field Music. It’s a very early song by them when they were called Electronic Eye Machine. (They were also known as the New Tellers way back when.)

I chose this particular track because I’m fascinated by it. It’s an oddity in the Field Music oeuvre because it sounds (to me anyway) a little like country-and-western. It’s the only song they ever did that could be called anything remotely like a country song.

Electronic Eye Machine – “Alternating Current (2002)


The next song, “Tell Me Keep Me”, is a much more typical Field Music track, in that it features a standard element of their songs: rhythms all over the place. I thoroughly enjoy the rhythmic variety, but I’d say it’s probably one of the reasons why there are people who don’t like Field Music at all. (As somebody once said, Field Music seems to be allergic to 4/4.)

Nevertheless, I think “Tell Me Keep Me” has enough good tunes in it to keep you interested, even if you don’t like the rhythmic restlessness. (And because I’m a bass player, that ultra-distorted bass is a big plus for me.)

Field Music – “Tell Me Keep Me” (2005)