InÂ the second installment of the Exploring the Library series, Olivia Wood gives us a fresh guide forÂ Boy Angel, theÂ new releaseÂ fromÂ Fielded. Dive intoÂ this indie pop EP and add something newÂ to your own library!
Album: Boy Angel
Label: Universally Handsome
Lindsay Powellâ€”AKA Fieldedâ€”has been making strange, intricate synth-pop for some years now, but her latest release, the six-song EP Boy Angel, contains her most inventive yet accessible work yet. In the increasingly crowded arena of indie pop, Powellâ€™s sheer skill and attention to detail clearly set her apart. The music foregrounds Powellâ€™s clear and commanding voice, which draws apt comparison to Kate Bush, and she effortlessly murmurs and roars her way through the EP with equal magnetism. Meanwhile, the production continues Powellâ€™s project of expanding the limits of pop, from the propulsive, glitchy beat of â€œREIGNâ€ to the restrained twinkle of standout track â€œI Choose You.â€ As far as songwriting goes, Powellâ€™s mastery of how to craft powerful hooks is obvious, but she manipulates each one in a way that always throws you off a bit, whether itâ€™s through her personal, evocative lyrics or carefully twisted vocal acrobatics. Fielded makes things weird in the best way possible, and Boy Angel is a promising sign of further forays into the margins of pop music.
Key tracks: â€œI Choose You,â€ â€œREIGNâ€
Listen on Fielded’s bandcamp!
Review by Olivia Wood