July 23rd, 2013 | Album reviews

Jared Pittack

Little Wings

Little Wings’ LAST LP is a candid and valuable exploration of some of the struggles attendant with being a feeling human in a world full of increasingly uncertain paths. One of Field’s characteristic talents throughout his body of work has been his ability to convey camaraderie even while exploring lonely emotional depths. His hushed delivery and warm instrumentation lends his music a comfortable, soothing intimacy that’s almost meditative and, even when the lyrics are concerned with the heaviness that always has the potential to descend, the music frequently remains bucolic. “Light Feeling,” for example, expresses the frustration that comes with realizing that regardless of how good one thinks they are at steeling themselves against a bad mood swing, it can come regardless, but melodically it approaches bossa nova with a soft rock electric piano. Field sounds resigned to the melancholy, disappointed rather than surprised by it, realizing that the light feeling can return again as mysteriously and suddenly as it disappeared, which is basically one of the main themes of the entire record and in a greater sense Field’s body of work in general. And though LAST is certainly in the running for his most consistently seriously contemplative, this is not to say that it is overbearingly ponderous. “Sandy Babe” comes near the end and is a fairly straightforward love song with a self-explanatory title. “Where is the Worm” employs a call and response verse structure and the word “chillaxing”—indicating an unmistakable element of levity. Ultimately, LAST is a thoughtful and serious album about being alive and unsure and wanting to communicate and stands as one of Field’s most consistently moving works.
Tom Child