You Tell Me

You Tell Me

Memphis Industries

Released: 11th January 2019

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You Tell Me is Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow
member Sarah Hayes. As one half of Field Music, Peter Brewis
has been honing the craft of pop songwriting for almost fifteen
years, whilst Sarah Hayes has been exploring contemporary folk
in her solo work, and the world of indie-pop via her band Admiral
Fallow. Their debut self-titled album, the last to be recorded at
the old Field Music recording HQ, is set to be released in January
on Memphis Industries.
After meeting at a Kate Bush celebration concert, the pair
clicked. “I'd been an admirer of Field Music for a good while
before meeting Peter at the gig,” Sarah recalls. “So I was pleased
to discover he wasn't an insufferable diva, and delighted that he
was keen to try working on some music together.” Peter had
been “blown away” by Sarah’s voice during a rendition of “This
Woman’s Work” and when investigating her solo work heard a
lot of parallels to what he was trying to do in Field Music.
By blending their distinct compositional talents, they’ve created
a record that possesses their own clear styles but also a new
voice too. With both of them writing songs and lyrics, Peter
describes it as “a sort of dual-personal record”. Sonically, the
result is a subtly crafted album with a rich and intricate sense of
composition, in which strings glide above multi-layered
keyboards and percussion, and vocal melodies wrap around one
another in snug unison. In many senses it feels like a classic
songwriter record - rich in craft, songs, arrangements and vocal
interplay - yet it manages to feel stylistically contemporary and
void of nostalgia.
Lyrically, Peter says, “most of the songs seemed to either be
about conversations, be conversational or about talking or not
talking.” Sarah echoes this: “the subject of communication -
talking and listening, guessing and questioning - looms large on
this record and in general for me. It's something I think about a
lot.” Which makes sense given that this record is fundamentally
a musical conversation between two new collaborators and
friends, a constant back and forth of new ideas, shared
influences and the expunging of inner feelings.
Whilst the subject matter can occasionally be personal and
explores troubled or conflicted conversations around inner
turmoil, there’s also a stirring sense of beauty that comes from
the record; a feeling of pastures new and moving onto new things
rather than being held back by the past. What makes this an
even more remarkable musical statement and achievement is
that two first-time collaborators were able to channel so much of
themselves into a project and create something coherent and