The Field
From Here We Go Sublime


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by The Bone Zone USER (2 Reviews)
April 4th, 2009 | 121 replies | 11,889 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Sublime indeed.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

The Field (real name Alex Willner) is a watchmaker, an ardent horologist of techno who spends his days deconstructing samples and arranging them into unrecognizable forms. His mastery of time, or just how long a sound should continue, is always on full display; four-on-the-floor beats ride patiently in the background while various synths and snippets of sound hover in and out of the mix. After signing on with Wolfgang Voigt's Kompakt label in 2005, Willner gradually worked his way toward his first full-length, 2007's From Here We Go Sublime.

First of all, let's get it out of the way: From Here We Go Sublime is repetitive. If you are easily bored and need music that constantly changes, then this album probably isn't for you. Many of the changes here are often subtle, such as an extra click in a beat or a bass line gradually fading into the mix. That being said, the first half of From Here We Go Sublime is as close to anthemic as minimal techno can get. "A Paw in My Face," which samples Lionel Richie's "Hello," works through a slinky guitar line and builds on the illusion of a crescendo. In reality, this heightening of senses is a result of altered rhythms and extra sounds. Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere" is contorted into what is "Everday." Alternating sections are thrown at the listener for over two minutes, building up a tension that can only be compared to the process of masturbating. Suddenly the beat drops out and a fluttering voice echoes before the orgasm comes crashing in, a sticky mess of stuttering vocals and heavy "oon-tss" beats. When the song is finished, there won't be an ounce of shame left in you.

Starting with "Silent" (the one song where Chris Martin sounds good) and album centerpiece "The Deal," From Here We Go Sublime leans more in the direction of ambience. While the standard beats are still present, the emphasis on reverb-soaked micro-vocals and floating synth sounds is obvious. Despite the intrusive high pitched sound that pops up halfway through, the latter track is entrancing, with a breathy female voice that drifts and swirls about. "The Deal" is the closest Willner comes to Wolfgang Voigt's lush Gas atmospheres or even a certain few tracks from Selected Ambient Works 85-92. The remainder of the album is less eventful but pleasant nonetheless, foraging deeper into the vaporous annals of techno to bring out different elements of its sound. When the eponymous track reveals its Four Tops origin, it sounds both completely alien and terrestrial; when the watchmaker shows you the gears, you can't help but stare in wonder.


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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2009



17914 Comments


i'm going to make the 'good first review' joke, just wait for it

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2009



8221 Comments


HAHA Chan, messing with new users

Digging: Metsatoll - Karjajuht

charlesfishtitz
April 4th 2009



784 Comments


....

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2009



17914 Comments


lol

rasputin
April 5th 2009



14504 Comments


channing king of the chans

joshuatree
Emeritus
April 5th 2009



3743 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

good album nice to sleep to

karina
April 5th 2009



165 Comments


can i be staff now

charlesfishtitz
April 5th 2009



784 Comments


spretty sweet

Essence
April 6th 2009



3559 Comments


Iai's soundoff convinces me more

karina
April 6th 2009



165 Comments


thats very interesting

Altmer
April 6th 2009



5652 Comments


from here we go to sleep

AggravatedYeti
April 6th 2009



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm not that convinced...

karina
April 6th 2009



165 Comments


because you are stupid we know

Tits McGee
April 6th 2009



1876 Comments


HAHA Chan, messing with new users


I got a kick out of this.

Anthracks
April 6th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is rly long

and awesomeThis Message Edited On 04.08.09

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AggravatedYeti
April 8th 2009



7684 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0


Of course -- what was I thinking?This Message Edited On 04.08.09

karina
April 8th 2009



165 Comments


you were probably thinking about something dumb like a dumb person would

Anthracks
April 8th 2009



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

6;25 of the deal scares me every time

karina
April 8th 2009



165 Comments


yeah its kinda annoying idk

karina
April 10th 2009



165 Comments


where is iai i figured he would jump at the chance to give his opinion



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