Up until a couple of weeks ago, the band Field Report were completely off my radar. And they probably would have remained off my radar if I hadn't been tempted away from my Twitter feed after seeing Slowcoustic and Wake The Deaf raving in agreement about how great something was (Twitter Tip: if you see two people, whose tastes align well with yours, both raving about the same thing… it's usually a good idea to go see what they are raving about).
That ‘something’ was the HearYa session that Field Report recorded. And they were not fooling. Too often in this ADD world we live in, I don't make it all the way to the end of a 7 minute long video, but Field Report's rendition of ‘Route 18’ had me a bit spellbound. And after the video ended (and after I downloaded the mp3's from the excellent HearYa session) I immediately hit up Google and went looking for some more on these guys.
It turns out that they released an excellent self-titled album almost a full year ago (listen / get on Bandcamp). And it is a really brilliant album, and one that I completely missed out on (even while compiling end of year lists and trying to check out countless other sites lists). Now it may be too late to turn back time and include ‘Field Report’ in any of my end of year lists for 2012, so I guess I'll just need to start making a list for all the albums I completely missed out on in the previous year: ‘The Best Of What I Would Have Included In My Previous Best Of List If My Head Had Not Been Up My Ass’. It happens ever year.
If you haven't already, go give the Field Report album a spin. It's quite a great piece of work.