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From Here We Go Sublime


This is the debut full-length release by Stockholm's own Axel Willner aka The Field. Willner joined the Kompakt family back in 2005 with the release of his cherished 12" debut Things Keep Falling Down, and he's been garnering non-stop attention ever since. His adoration for Kompakt co-owner Wolfgang Voigt's GAS and M:I:5 projects from the '90s and the shoegazer rock of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine brought forward a new fusion of ambient and techno that sounds wholly original and accomplished -- post-pop ambient anyone? The road was paved with his Annie remix that leapt onto the web and quickly became a cult favorite amongst the musical bloggerati, and the hype continued with last year's remix of Vice Records Scandinavian rockers, 120 Days. Found on well over 200 blogs and web zines, this exposed The Field to a whole new realm of fans. With his second Kompakt single "Sun & Ice" (which appears on this record) and a remix for James Figurine (of Postal Service fame), The Field has proven himself more than worthy of over-zealous blurbs and internet hype. The blissful, addictive, transformative sounds on From Here We Go Sublime absolutely speak for themselves. Samples abound throughout, immediately giving you a feeling of warmth and familiarity on the first listen that you can't quite grasp... like a warm glove on a cold winter's day. The Field's music literally breathes: harmonious drones mingle with the dizzying swell and reversed motion of bass drums and euphony. There is a ceaseless, cyclical signature familiar to all his music, but that's the most exciting part of The Field -- the beautiful dynamic of beats and space that exists in endlessness. Ten perfect tracks of narcotic, propellant stuff -- an important and significant debut that promises Willner quite a few more laurels to come.