William Fowler Collins to issue new statement on “ambient” music with Field Music this Fall

William Fowler Collins to issue new statement on "ambient" music with Field Music this Fall

William Fowler Collins is never content with our musical language. Something that made his 2011 record so Eureka!-able was his whole-hog frustration with “dark” music stereotypes. That riveting criticism was re-upped and re-aimed at folk music in 2016 on his awesome collaboration with James Jackson Toth.

It more than makes sense, then, that Fowler Collins is continuing his assault on our cult-music grammatology. His next record is called Field Music, and it comes out October 19 on SIGE. I’ll let you guess what genre label it’s mortaring this time.

From SIGE’s Jim Haynes:

The idea of “field music” can relate to the archaic use of military drum corps in battle, whose patter Collins has intermingled with the polyrhythms associated with Voodoo ritual. Collins also proposes that the “field” be defined as the physical self as gleaned from his secular readings of the Bhagavad Gita. The ‘field’ as the fabric of time and space also becomes a possibility when Collins literally wraps this album in the history of the atomic bomb, as the cover photo portrays the humble ranch where the first nuclear weapon was assembled.

Oh, so you thought you knew something about “field” music? Think again! But the best thing about Fowler Collins is that his music is great whether you’re on his level or not. In other words, even the ambient-music-layperson can sit back and enjoy his records. At the end of the day, isn’t that what we all are, really?

Field Music has yet to hit SIGE’s Bandcamp page, but I’m sure you can pre-order this gem as soon as it does. Until then, refresh yourself with SIGE’s release last year of THALASSA’s Bonds of Prosperity, a collaboration between William Fowler Collins and Aaron Turner, and check out Field Music’s cover art and tracklisting below.


"Field Music" art

Field Music tracklisting:

01. We Are Here To Help You
02. Field Music
03. Contact Is A Mother
04. How Horrible It Would Be
05. They Wept Together

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