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Peals : Walking Field

As bassists in two of Baltimore’s best loved bands – Future Islands and the now sadly defunct Double Dagger respectively – William T. Cashion and Bruce Willen are used to providing the hooks that anchor(ed) their emotive new-romantic pop and rifftastic post-punk to foundations of solid RAWK, so it’ll probably come as some surprise to discover their new instrumental project Peals contains hardly any low-end rumblings whatsoever. Instead, Walking Field – the duo’s debut LP, out May 14 via Thrill Jockey – finds them weaving together delicate acoustic and electric guitar motifs and embellishing their neo-classical spiderwebs with keyboards and gentle percussion as well as field recordings and other weird and wonderful sonic tools (toy piano, cello, erm… walkie-talkie). It’s a big departure for both artists, and a rather lovely, meditative trip; listen to “Blue Elvis” below, and the whole thing via Pitchfork Advance.

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My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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