Field Report – “Marigolden”

We’ve already heard three tracks from Field Report’s upcoming sophomore album, Marigolden: “Wings,” “Home (Leave The Lights On),” and “Decision Day” all showed subtle variations on Chris Porterfield’s whispered and melancholic country rock, and the title track is no different. It’s a sprawling story song, focused on a character named Jane Harmony, that sounds lovesick and is filled with gorgeous imagery. Here’s what Porterfield said to The A.V. Club about the song:

“So this song was written while we were making the record. The word ‘marigolden’ showed up while I was doing some writing in studio B while the guys were working. I understand it to refer to a state of sharing characteristics of a marigold, which is a brutish flower found in beds everywhere that smells bad and dies off every year. If you want it back, you have to dig it up now and plant it again later. And it’s a play on being ‘golden,’ which is not that at all. So this whole story came out of that. There’s a lot to unpack, but I’m sure intrepid A.V. Club commenters won’t miss a thing. Here’s a few jumping off points: Jane Harmony (character in the song’s lyrics) is a variety of marigold! The song refers to cottage industry of post self circumcision reconstruction, and the general silliness of male sexuality! Maybe Jane doesn’t exist!”

Marigolden is out 10/7 on Partisan. Read our interview with Porterfield here.

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