Field Report will release their eponymous debut album next Tuesday, September 11th (Partisan Records) and are excited to share an exclusive listen of the record a week before its release via Billboard. Fans can hear songs from the much-anticipated record live on tour this autumn, when the six-piece band will play major markets including San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, and Los Angeles supporting Aimee Mann.
Early praise for the album has been extensive, with American Songwriter hailing the "lyrics and the lush, airiness of the music [that creates] a powerful atmosphere," and Billboard wowed by the "beautifully told stories." In Uncut''s 9 out of 10 star review, they called the record "haunting...Porterfield has a way of entwining lyrical detail and broad sentiment that is compelling and original," while Interview Magazine found the songs to be "beautiful pieces of musical art that call to mind Neil Young or Bob Dylan." "There's a powerful musical brilliance to be heard and felt on Field Report's debut," heralded Bruce Warren of WXPN, "It's the best debut of the year."
Field Report is the creation of Chris Porterfield, who cut his musical teeth with DeYarmond Edison (the other members of which were Justin Vernon/Bon Iver and Megafaun). After their breakup in 2006, Bon Iver and Megafaun went on to success while Chris hung back in Wisconsin, thinking his career in music was over. It was really just beginning. For the first time in his life, he began writing his own songs, which he spent the following five years carefully divining, killing off, revising, and honing. In December 2011, the record was finally recorded at Vernon's studio (with engineer Beau Sorenson). The result is a haunting set of songs that's crafty, lyrical, and poignant. After sending a few unfinished tracks to select people, the response was immediate and impactful: producer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Warren Zevon, The Pixies, Uncle Tupelo) fell in love with them and offered to mix the record, which he did in February 2012.
9/14 - Wilmington, DE @ World Café Live at the Queen*
9/15 - Sellersville, PA @ Sellersville Theater*
9/16 - Norfolk, CT @ Infinity Hall*
9/27 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House^
9/28 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre^
9/29 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore^
9/30 - Napa, CA @ Uptown Theatre^
10/2 - Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater^
10/3 - Seattle, WA @ Neptune^
10/4 - Boise, ID @ Egyptian Theatre^
10/6 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room^
10/9 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre^
10/10 - Fort Collins, CO @ Lincoln Center^
10/11 - Santa Fe, NM @ Lensic PAC^
10/12 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre^
10/13 - Los Angeles, CA @ Wilshire Ebell Theatre^
* denotes w/ Melissa Ferrick
^ denotes w/ Aimee Mann