Early this year we highlighted School Of Language, the solo project of Field Music’s David Brewis. David’s FM bandmate and brother Peter is busy with a new band, too. They’re called The Week That Was and recently released their excellent self-titled debut, conceived as an information age crime drama. Peter was the original drummer of the Futureheads and carries elements of their angular post-punk to his current work, but TWTW’s best moments are gentler, darker. The lean riffs and tumbling percussion that kick off LP opener “Learn To Learn” recall Drums and Wires-era XTC with a Tortoise-y marimba track thrown in. Its Gavin Wood-directed video matches the song’s anxiety via frantic, repetitive cuts from students, soldiers, and an atomic bomb to a tower of TV screens broadcasting close-ups of the song’s squirrely-looking singer.
Here’s that MP3:
And another great track with a chamber pop vibe thanks to cameos from a handful of Field Musicians. This one’s more Apple Venus-era Partridge.