Mar 8 2019
Album of the Day: Peter Fields – “Tesoro”
Artist: Peter Fields
Label: Underpool Music
Style: Jazz folk
Favorite Track: “A Caballo”
Music from: Barcelona, Spain
What I like about it: I like how this music cuts the difference between a late-90s Bill Frisell jazz country and an Ennio Morricone soundtrack. The quartet of two guitarists, a bassist and drummer who go by the name of Peter Fields go all-in on their melodies, letting them be both the introduction and driving force of each tune. I like how the quartet keeps things simple, letting complexity unfold under cover of nuance, and never becoming a distraction from the trajectory of a particular melodic inspiration. This is music for kicking back after a long week, the kind of music that can incite thick daydreams or a soothing self-awareness that nothing is immune to the comforting qualities of good music.
Your album personnel: Pedro Campos (double bass), Enric Peinado (electric guitar, effects), Jordi Bastida (electric guitar, effects) and Jose Benítez (drums).
Available at: Amazon | Bandcamp
Listen to more of the album on the artist’s Bandcamp page.
Jan 19 2020
Best of 2019 #65: Iago Aguado – “Festina Lente”
This is rainy day music that retained some of the sunlight that preceded it. This is rainy day music that respects how the streaks of lightning and grumbles of thunder are equal contributors to the serene ambiance of the gentle patter of rain hitting the window sill. Iago Aguado achieves all of these perspectives by matching languorous cadences with melodies that bend like light, melt like wax. There’s liveliness to balance out the introspective tones, and a tuneful catchiness to keep the contemplation reined in. David Soler’s pedal steel adds tons of character, and Joana Gomila’s vocal contributions frame the instrumental pieces, as if two sides of the same picture. This is music for lazy days, and for busy days to make them seem a little calmer than they are.
Your album personnel: Iago Aguado (guitar), David Soler (pedal steel), Joana Gomila (vocals), Miguel Villar (tenor sax), David Mengual (double bass), and Oriol Roca (drums).
Released on Underpool Music.
Music from Barcelona, Spain.
I wrote about this album for The Bandcamp Daily.
Listen | Read more | Available at: Bandcamp
By davesumner • Recap: Best of 2019 • 0 • Tags: Barcelona, Best Jazz of 2019, David Mengual, Iago Aguado, Oriol Roca, Underpool Music