Genre/Influences: Experimental, Chanson, Psychedelic, Neo-Folk.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The duo Martyn Bates – Alan Trench is back on track unleashing a new opus of their common project Twelve Thousand Days.
Content: The album takes off with a surprising cover version of Black Sabbath. The album features a few more cover versions from British Folk artists like Alasdair Clayre, Bob Pegg (Mr. Fox) and Vashti Bunyan. Bates and Trench adapted all these songs into their own journey, mixing pure Ballads together with Psychedelic guitar play and Neo-Folk elements. Some passages have an emotional touch while others are pure wafting.
+ + + : This work has something serene and takes off with a surprising cover version of Black Sabbath’s Planet Caravan”. The song has something of a Ballad while it also makes me think of pure Chanson. You feel a real emotion emerging at the surface, which is pretty characteristic for this work. The music feels like a dream that will take you away for a delicious trip. I especially enjoyed the somewhat Eastern-like inspired “King Dog”, but also have to mention the sensitive “Wolves Upon The Plain”. And if you’re more into Psychedelia “Adam And The Beasts” is an interesting experience as well.
– – – : I sometimes miss a bit more passion in the vocals of Martyn Bates. “Field’s End” is touching ground with different music influences, but is hard to label as one specific style!
Conclusion: “Field’s End” is an easy listening work without absolute high lights nor forgettable songs. I expected a bit more from this new work.
Best songs: “Wolves upon The Plain”, “King Dog”, “Adam And The Beasts”.