“I have experienced first hand just how his subtle lo-fi songwriting works its magic; it just gets under your skin so easily and I welcome such instant and impulsive reactions to music like this!” – The Listing Post
“You’ve dream popped my ears. This is gorgeous & warm. Striking at times. Delivered extremely well. ★★★★” – Claire Mooney, triple j
With a knack for pensive psychedelia and subtle earworms, Field Maps is the recent solo endeavour from Melbourne musician Daniel Moss. Known for his now disbanded project I, A Man and for lending his guitar wielding skills to Sunbeam Sound Machine, Moss is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and reputable Melbourne musician. Following on from previous track ‘Cassavetes’, Field Maps is excited to unearth his latest measure of introspection with new single ‘Somewhere Underground’, plus a hometown single launch show to follow.
Once again recorded and mixed by Daniel Caswell (Bad//Dreems, Flyying Colours) at The Alamo, the new single is classic Field Maps dream pop, with a subtle dose of waking lucidity. Scheduled for release Wednesday 14 November, ‘Somewhere Underground’ is a stunning cyclic refrain from the seasoned artist. Like thickening fog, the track’s hazy, drone-like synths create the foundations for layered beachside guitar hooks, cruising bass lines and woozy bedroom vocals, whilst the ebb and flow of quiet percussive crescendos create subtle pockets of clarity throughout. The result is an intelligent, poetic serenade that is at once captivating and hypnotising.
“This song might be the first song I’ve released that wasn’t written on guitar. I bought this cheap old Yamaha keyboard about a year ago that has a really distinct sound that kind of defines the tonality of whatever song you use it in. I was messing around with a few chords and the sound of that instrument really directed where the song needed to go. I should probably get myself some more keyboards.”
– Daniel Moss, Field Maps
Joined on stage by Nick Sowersby (Sunbeam Sound Machine), Sophie Treloar(Poppongene) and Rhys Grunden (Foreign/National), Field Maps has now taken a move from a solo recording project to cohesive live act in its own right. In their short time together, the band have played alongside outfits such as Lost Animal’s Jarrod Quarrell, Real Love, Long Lunch, Vilde, Melbourne Cans and Merpire among others and most recently supported US surf-pop greats Sonny and The Sunsets on the coastal leg of their recent Melbourne visit.
With a truly immersive live presence and a growing fan base in tow, join Field Maps this summer as they launch ‘Somewhere Underground’ at The Grace Darling in Melbourne on Saturday 15 December with some very special guests.
‘Somewhere Underground’ Single Launch
Saturday 15 December
The Grace Darling, Melbourne
Supports: FERLA (Low Key) + more TBA
Tickets via www.eventbrite.com.au
Other Upcoming Shows
Saturday 24 November
The Retreat Hotel, Brunswick
with 808s and Greatest Hits
Written and Performed by Daniel Moss
Drums by Rhys Grunden
Recorded and Mixed by Daniel Caswell at The Alamo
Mastered by Joe Carra at Crystal Mastering
Artwork by Ollie Hodgkins