Insomnia is a bitch.
I say this as someone who has struggled to find restful sleep since childhood, a time filled with stories of sleepwalking and sleeptalking during toddler years that gave way to my teens, where sleep became a blessed event. And yet, in those quiet hours where the world around me rests, I have formed friendships overseas with those greeting their mornings, written novels and immersed in music.
Insomnia is also a blessing.
Adam Fox, the man behind the Field Assembly moniker, is one acquainted with the sleepless night. In that dimly lit night, fascinated by the half-world insomniacs often straddle between waking and REM state, he cobbled together the skeletal songs that blossomed into his latest release, Narco. A collection of 7 tunes meandering from the introspective musings best unfolded at 3am to worlds of Lions and Christians, Narco has that sparse feel of a world of hush and people are trying to sleep with dreamier accents that transcend the earthy grounding of acoustic guitar.
My personal favourite of the set is “Through A Bottle Through A Well”, a track with a bit more uptempo bite beneath the surface and a Tom Petty circa Wildflowers feel. Caution: it may haunt your sleepless nights.
Listen below, and swing by Field Assembly‘s official site to hear more of the delicate artistry of Narco.