Earlier in the year I started working on a selection of atmospheric ambient songs – more specifically, ambient re-workings of songs from Lightfields. I was between projects (album 3 notwithstanding – I’m still working on that!) and I’d been wanting to get back into writing something really “visual” and atmospheric for a while. I didn’t really have any particular goal in mind when I started out – I toyed with the idea of getting an EP’s worth of material put together and released, but I had no idea how or when.
Since then, this ambient EP has grown considerably and is now coming in at about 50 minutes in length with a mix of ambient re-workings and original songs. What started as a project purely for the sake of writing music that I wanted to write has kind of taken on a life of its own, and I’m really happy with how it’s all turning out. I’ve got some artwork ready to roll (courtesy of a photo taken by Tom Pritchard in 2010) and right now I’m still writing music for this project. As for how or when I’m actually going to release it, I honestly have no idea. Right now I’m focussing on getting it completed – once it’s in a finished state I’ll have a good long think about how best to go about releasing it.
Below is one of the original songs from the EP/album/project – I’d love to know what you think!
I’ll post more news regarding this project once I have something more concrete in place.
So, I decided to have a gander at the Distinctive website to see if there was any mention of my signing and, lo and behold, here we go!
What’s even nicer is that I’m sat next to Way Out West on the artists page… very, very cool!
But, on a more practical note, both Distant Activity and Lightfields have now been re-released through Distinctive. What does this mean for you? Well, at the moment, not a lot – they’ve both got Distinctive catalogue numbers, but the albums remain unchanged from their original iterations. I’m currently in the process of removing “my” versions of the albums from iTunes et al (mainly to avoid confusion, though both versions are identical), but I will continue to sell copies through Bandcamp – which means you can still grab physical copies of both albums if you so wish. However, I certainly won’t be making more physical copies of both albums so when they’re gone, they’re gone – every copy of Lightfields gets a little signature on the inside cover, and I can sign Distant Activity if you wish.
I’ve just finished working on my demo-track for the previously mentioned Reason-based patch design project I’ve been involved in, so I’ll be sharing that with you once the refill comes out.
Apologies for the relatively slow update – I figured now would be a good time as any to answer the question of whether or not album #3 is on the cards. So…
The good news is that there will definitely be an album #3. Lightfields came out not too long ago, and I’m hoping to share some good news regarding both Distant Activity and Lightfields with you in the not-too-distant future. Right now I’m still figuring out what sort of direction I want the next album to go in, so I guess you could say I’m still in the planning stages. That’s not to say I’m not working on new material at the moment, but it does mean that it’s incredibly early days yet. I’d love to give you more information right now, but – to be honest – I don’t know which direction it’s going to go in yet.
Right now I’m splitting the vast majority of my time between my own artistic output, publishing/licensing and sound design. All I can say is that a bit of a gap between updates isn’t necessarily a bad thing… it normally means I’m busy working on something.
In the meantime, I think you should check this out. Anyone familiar with Tom (pictured right alongside yours truly)’s musical output should already know that his work is utterly fantastic, and this Nintendo DS-based project is no exception.
Just a small update this time to let you know that Lightfields is now available to download/stream via Magnatune – which should be good news for subscribers (and for Linux users using Rhythmbox). I’m particularly fond of Magnatune and how they handled Distant Activity, so even if you’ve already picked up a copy of Lightfields I’d still highly recommend checking them out.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that my second album Lightfields has now officially been released!
“Lightfields is the sophomore artist album of UK-based electronic musician Adam Fielding, written and recorded from 2008-2010 and released in September 2010.
Building on his debut album Distant Activity, Adam weaves a delicate balance of incredible production prowess, live instrumentation and emotional songwriting, resulting in a remarkably accessible listen while boasting a startling amount of depth. From the driven, mangled beats of The Initiation through to the off-kilter synth-rock of The Same Mistakes, listeners are treated to a consistently organic record with more than a few surprises along the way.
Lightfields strikes a creative balance between artistic development, memorable songwriting and accessibility, resulting in an album that revels in cutting-edge production and artistic expression.”
So there you have it! The album itself has certainly been a long time coming, and I honestly couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. Lightfields will be available via iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and Spotify (among others) in the near future, and can also be streamed in its entirety and purchased via the following link:
A Magnatune release is due on the 11th September, so if you happen to be a member then keep your eyes peeled.
You can also stream it via the music page on this site or, handily, using the following player:
I’d love to know what you make of the album itself – a huge thanks to both everyone involved in the production of the album and to everyone who has ever supported me along the way are in order, so thank you all so much. Without you this album would simply not have been possible. Thank you.
Well, the 8th is rapidly approaching and, along with it, the official release of Lightfields! The album will be made available via Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, with a Magnatune release coming due on the 11th.
For anyone who has pre-ordered a copy of Lightfields, I will be sending out your download codes later on tonight so keep an eye on your inbox. Also, full album lyrics will be made available both here and via my Bandcamp site.
I’m really looking forward to finally getting this out there and sharing it with you, and I’d absolutely love to know what you think of it. It’s certainly been a long time coming and I’m sure there will be a few surprises in store for anyone who’s been following my output in the past. It’s been a real labour of love on my part, and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all turned out… and I hope you’ll feel the same way, too.
I figured it was about time I added some song lyrics to this website, which you can now check out via the “lyrics” tab above. So far I’ve included lyrics from Distant Activity and From Out Of Nowhere, though if anyone’s after something a bit more specific then I’m sure I could add to that list. Naturally, Lightfields lyrics will make an appearance once the album is released.
I recently had a bit of good news regarding some song licensing which has got me pretty excited – I don’t want to say too much until everything’s 100% finalised, but if it all comes through it could be a big deal. Interestingly, the song in question is currently being used by my band Civil Protection – it’s an instrumental version of “Anticitizen” – so feel free to give it a listen and, while you’re there, say hello to the rest of the band!
Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy of Lightfields so far – as well as being released through iTunes, Amazon et al, it will also be released via Magnatune on the 11th September. Magnatune really came through for me with the release of Distant Activity, so I’m thrilled that they’re going to be releasing Lightfields as well. Good news for Magnatune subscribers!