It’s not often that in an album the music outweighs the vocals, however Rough Fields’ new album Edge of the Firelight sees this balance shift and it is a nice to hear tracks which let the music do the work for a change. Experimental and dreamy their melancholy tunes transport you into an almost dreamlike state, a potential outer body experience waiting to happen. Intriguing as their sound is, there is a sort of comforting familiarity to their eerie vocals and twinkling backing tunes, showing slight similarities to the likes of Death Cab For Cutie and Bright Eyes.
Songs such as Watery Fable and The Harbour Wall have a somewhat mismatched character, a bit like matching a patterned shirt with patterned trousers. It shouldn’t work but it does, and this clash is what makes Rough Fields so distinctive.