Chris Field Subconscious
It's hard to classify Chris Field's new album, Sub-Conscious, because the tracks that comprise it are incredibly varied. In an effort to find similarities between these powerful and complex songs, you could start by calling attention to the layered string arrangements and orchestration that permeates this album from start to finish.
Ethereal and otherworldly, they supplement an interesting array of percussion instruments, from synth pops and hisses to organic drums. He uses rock instruments as classic as the Wurlitzer and acoustic guitar and splices them together with beautiful vocal melodies on tracks like "Mother" and "Ave Maria." Chris Field Subconscious is a tour-de-force of beauty, from start to finish.
It leaves the listener with a stimulated sense of what music can be if conceptualized on a deeper. Chris Field Subconscious is an extension of Chris Field's successful efforts as a master of movie trailer music, which he has composed for big-name films such as the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. On Chris Field Subconscious, he has broadened his scope and done it admirably, infusing classical arrangements with new-ageish background sounds.
On some tracks, like "D&A," he mixes in a gorgeous and haunting string arrangement together with a light and catchy drum and bass beat. This results in pure magic which builds to a fantastic crescendo that has to be heard to be believed. If this album is any indication, we should be hearing great things from Chris Field for quite a while.