Album Review: Good Field’s Surface Tension 

Few music scenes are as eclectic as Austin’s. There is no one type of music that dominates the Texas city’s jukebox. As is the case with their hometown, the band Good Field does not channel just one type of indie rock. There is a blend of styles in their new album, Surface Tension. The result is a good record with standout moments that show off seasoned musicianship.

Despite the album title, Good Field plays as a band that has fallen into a collective groove. There is little tension in the band’s songs. Rather than coming off as a group that slapped music together on a laptop, Good Field sounds like a band that has spent significant time playing together and developing their craft.

Surface Tension is the third record from Good Field. It is their first since 2015’s Future Me. The band released their first album, Good Field, in 2012.

The band itself most closely identifies with the Kings of Leon, but you can hear a few different influences throughout Surface Tension. 

Frontman Paul Price sounds like Randy Newman, but sings with the vocal tenacity of Eddie Vedder. Price’s guitar also merges a few styles. At times he plays at an extremely rapid clip. On some songs Price’s ax is a less pensive side of The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel.

The album opens with “Necessary Feeling,” a track where Price unleashes vocals with his Vedder-style abandon.

I really enjoyed the song “Naked and Asleep.” The guitar work reminds me of some live cuts of the Broken Bells song, “The Ghost Inside” that I have always enjoyed.

Another song with great guitar work is “All This Time.” The track places the same guitar stylings of “Naked and Asleep” in the background, but mixes in a Western tone to create an interesting blend. “All This Time” is representative of Good Field’s broad approach to recording.

Other highlights of Surface Tension include the songs “Sparkle Playground” and “Sometimes.”

James Petralli (White Denim) and Jim Eno (Spoon) were present in the studio during the recording of Surface Tension.

Good Field has other interesting creative associations. Bassist Michael McLeod has developed music for filmmaker Richard Linklater. Keyboard player Kyle Robertson has written for music for Grey’s Anatomy.

This is a sponsored review. All views in this post are subjective and only reflect the opinions of the author is a Philadelphia pop-culture blog that covers television, music,  and movies. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook or subscribe by e-mail to catch all posts. 


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