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School of Language Enrolls at Thrill Jockey Records


Thrill Jockey Records, the local label that recently brought you such works as ADULT.'s Why Bother? and Everybody by The Sea and Cake, recently announced signing School of Language. Why should you care? Because David Brewis, previously of Field Music, is heading School of Language.

Back in April, just after the release of their critically acclaimed Tones of Town, the Sunderland chamber-pop act Field Music announced that they weren’t breaking up…but kind of putting the collective music-making on hold. Instead of a band, Field Music is until further notice a support group of sorts for the three "core members." The first work to come from this new arrangement is Ships (working title) from songwriter David Brewis under the moniker School of Language. The album is nearing completion, and will be released next year.

This is what Thrill Jockey Records had to say about the coming album:

"The album is bookended by the quartet of 'Rockist' tracks, a series of daydreams on words, their meanings and the decisions which follow from them, all underpinned by a collection of incessant looped voices…the new album can, in some ways, be seen as a companion piece to Tones of Town but where that record was preoccupied with the choices resulting from questions of time and place, here time is tied to people - often because of their absence, but at other times because their closeness is what rejuvenates us."

Check out a sample from the album: "The Rockist Part 1"

P.S. Keep an eye out for The Fiery Furnaces' new album Widow City, coming in October from Thrill Jockey Records.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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