EXCLUSIVE STREAM: Rough Fields – Edge of the Firelight

We’re very pleased to be able to bring you an exclusive first stream of Edge of the Firelight, the debut album from the much acclaimed Rough Fields.

[Now the album has been released, the stream has reverted to 90-second clips. Purchase the full release here.]

Released on Monday 26 March on the Bomb Shop label, Edge of the Firelight is the long awaited ten-track longplayer from James Birchall, AKA Rough Fields.

Rough Fields’ series of limited edition cassette EPs at the end of last year stirred a range of support, from inclusion in Gilles Peterson‘s “Winners” of 2011 to inclusion in Clash Magazine‘s “Ones to Watch for 2012″. Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3) rated flagship track The Harbour Wall as “One of the best songs I’ve heard all year”, whilst a growing base of praise for James Birchall’s layered atmospherics and electronic folk has built to boiling point with the appearance of this debut full-length, which will be released as an eco-friendly CD package including a 24-page book of photography by Sarah Faraday (as well as the usual digital places, iTunes, Spotify etc).

Edge of the Firelight reveals Rough Fields’ full musical scope, as the ten tracks sweep from deep, pulsating sub-grooves (Summer On The Haight) and intense, epic crescendos (Girls In Cars) to atmospheric sun-down jams (Geese) and concrete explorations (Border Navigation). There’s coherence throughout, though, not least in the album’s faithful adherence to Rough Fields’ usual sound sources; found objects, broken instruments, environmental sounds, sonic defects and thick, layered textures.

Live dates (with full five-piece live-looping band) to accompany the release: The Windmill (Brixton, London) on 5 April, The Nest (Dalston, London) on 12 April, The Castle Hotel (Manchester) on 21 April, and more TBA.

To celebrate the release of Edge of the Firelight, Jus Like Music also have a FREE track from Rough Fields to giveaway! To download your free copy of Behave, simply enter your email address in the widget below:

You can pre-order Edge of the Firelight right now at the Rough Fields Bandcamp page.

“Tremendous!” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Astonishing music” – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1)
“Really rather good” – Gideon Coe (BBC 6Music)
“Outstanding experimental music” – www.blindfun.com
“…the new Robert Wyatt!” – Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3)