InApril
Fields


3.0
good

Review

by Eclectic USER (42 Reviews)
July 4th, 2010 | 23 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fields isn’t perfect, but it does have a charming personality, perhaps with more time the project can become something more.

“There are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defense of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations; the new needs friends.”
The above quote from Ratatouille is remarkably true. Reviewing debut albums is never easy; you have to balance being honest with being kind, you have to realize that the artist is new to the business and most of the time they don’t deserve to be torn apart. On the other hand, avoiding all criticism won’t help anybody. If something’s wrong the artist should know about it.

Thankfully InApril (one man: Kyle Mindemann) sits nicely in the middle, there are plenty of things that need cleaning up but there are also plenty of things to like. “Your Nightmare” exemplifies this with its unfortunately unremarkable vocals and lyrics that Kyle sings over the top of a rambling guitar melody and (eventually) an enjoyable drum beat. The backing instruments ultimately save the song from sinking too far into mediocrity, a feat that’s repeated again a few more times over the course of the EP.

The real highlight here though is Serene Sky, funnily enough one of two instrumental tracks. Really it’s just a series of ideas (different drum patterns and guitar tunes) that ends up working really well. The thumping tom rhythm goes nicely with the picked electric guitar before moving onto a more cymbal based pattern (the guitar changing accordingly). It’s only a short track (just over 2 minutes) but in that time it manages to be exactly what the EP needs, a charming showcase of InApril’s talents.

It’s interesting to note the high quality of the recording, considering this was allegedly recorded just in the guy’s home. The mixing is well done, with everything at appropriate volumes at the very least, and Mindemann’s voice is surprisingly clear. The additional instruments (such as at the end of Highway Sunrise) do unfortunately sound a little forced, really too fake to be anything but annoying. Other than that minor fumble though, the entire thing sounds outstandingly professional.

With time hopefully InApril will improve his lyrics and vocals as they’re the only things really holding him back. His work on the guitar (both acoustic and electric) and drums is strong, but only time will tell if it’s strong enough to support an entire album on its own. Luckily Fields is charming enough to help get InApril at the very least a decent audience, with enough time and effort his next offering (whether it be LP or EP) should bring him an even greater one.



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Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Enjoy



If you guys could suggest stuff for the "reccommended" section that would be appreciated. I know you said one of your influences is Owen, but I don't actually listen to them so....

Counterfeit
July 4th 2010


17837 Comments


Weird reading this, knowing a sputniker is the artist. Have it dl'd, will listen later.

Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Eh, I've gotten used to it now, I've done it that many times.

Cool, thanks for the pos too btw.

Counterfeit
July 4th 2010


17837 Comments


No problem, was definitely an entertaining read.

acorncheese
July 4th 2010


7136 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Listened to this on myspace. Liked it.

Bitchfork
July 4th 2010


7584 Comments


Kinsella 2.0 basically.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 4th 2010


10198 Comments


whose is this

Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Iamthe Nightstars

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?listid=49405 From there you can get onto the mediafire link.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 4th 2010


10198 Comments


This kind of thing bugs me...

You actually think that this EP is as good as Fearless by Taylor Swift?

Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wait what, not really.

I suppose I should probably lower my personal rating of this to a 2.5

Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I judge Fearless differently to this, they're two different types of music with two very different backgrounds.

Knott-
Emeritus
July 4th 2010


10198 Comments


Haha.

I just, I know what you mean, but the idea of judging music on a numerical scale is a bit daft if you change what the scale means dependent on 'background'.

Imo this has an endearing atmosphere, but suffers from some pretty bad lyrics and not a whole lot of variety. The instrumentals are better than the actual songs, which shouldn't be the case. The production is great, though, and there's a lot of potential which you can actively hear, but it's not harnessed in the right way. I'm not gonna rate it though.

Eclectic
July 4th 2010


3302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Basically my feelings on this as well.



I see what you're saying, that's why I have a "personal" rating (that's obviously affected by the background) and the "critical" rating, where I try to remove as much bias as possible. My review of Fearless has it at a 3.5, but my personal rating is a 3.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 5th 2010


2663 Comments


Thanks guys, I appreciate the criticism. It's good to know my flaws. Funny thing is though that I only spent about an hour writing AND recording "Serene Sky" and it turned out to be considered the highlight. Great review Eclectic. I never thought it would have gotten one.

And sorry if it sounds like a Kinsella rip off. I do try to add my own style to my music.

tombits
July 5th 2010


3500 Comments


This was pretty good man. I write and record my own music too, so I can appreciate the difficulties that can be associated with a lo-fi effort like this. Good job, I look forward to hearing more and seeing you progress.

Iamthe Nightstars
July 5th 2010


2663 Comments


Thanks tombits, I'm glad you enjoyed it. If you got any of your material online I'd like to hear it.

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


i make lo-fi ambient. so of course i understand.
the shit lyrics and the fact that your vocals sound very... er... emo, but it's out of context in terms of acoustic blah blah. is what makes this album average for me.

SowingSeason
Moderator
July 5th 2010


25051 Comments


sowingseason likes this

Bitchfork
July 5th 2010


7584 Comments


you also like muse :
humph.

bailar11
July 7th 2010


2433 Comments


enrique supports youarethenigs



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