School of LanguageMemphis Industries
Released: 26th July 2019
David Brewis, who is one half of Field Music, is back with his third album as School of Language. It’s the first SoL album in five years but it came together very quickly, from song titles to finished record in just seven weeks.
“For as long as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by US politics and that fascination became an obsession in the run up to the 2016 election,” says Brewis. “It really made me wonder as to whether I had any understanding of people whatsoever. It feels like Trump’s success has rendered in perfect detail every fault line in Western democracy – how profile beats policy, how corporate interests overwhelm the needs of ordinary people and how ethics and the rule of law are at the mercy of partisanship. To be honest, I could probably have written twice as many songs such is the wealth of scarcely believable material surrounding the Trump administration. It’s like King Lear populated by the cast of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Here in the UK, I feel far enough removed that I can turn my revulsion into satire. I don’t think I could do the same with Brexit. It’s too close.”
David also did the great, ’80s-esque, Barney Bubbles-ish cover art and song titles include “Adult in the Room,” “Lock Her Up,” “A Beautiful Man,” and “And Even if I Did.” Musically, it’s scratchy new wave-y, post-punk-y funk and very catchy
It was inspired by bob woodward’s book fear, articles in the washington post, the new yorker and the new york times and by nate silver’s fivethirtyeight. it was also inspired by james brown, sly and the family stone, the meters, otis redding and free.