Field Division,
The TVD First Date
and Video Premiere, “River in Reverse”

“Vinyl is warmth, real grit, and tangible music come to life.”

“I’ll never tire of the ceremonial movement of putting on a new record. When the wax meets the needle and music casts a spell upon the room… few things make you appreciate the art of an album like listening to vinyl. No ads, no true distractions, just sound waves spinning on a table. Slowly my collection has grown since I got my first (shitty) record player at 19 and ever since I joined a record of the month club that my friends started (Vinyl Me, Please), I’ve been adding vinyl I wouldn’t normally seek out.

Nowadays I mostly search for rare Beatles pressings or in particular, George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass because the copy I bought has Santana as the third disc. (!!!) When we’re on tour we search for three things in every town: good coffee, vegan food, and the best vinyl store, of course. My hope for the future is that vinyl lives on through this crazy age of streaming, for the sake of art and for the sake of all of us who create it.” —Evelyn

“My first memories of vinyl being played in my family’s home were very formative, and a lot was in the collection.”

“Anything from Simon & Garfunkel to Nat King Cole to ZZ Top got play, and I was as much fascinated by the music as I was the physical aspect of a spinning platter with a needle being dragged within the grooves of its surface to produce this glorious sound. It was contagious, what putting on a vinyl record did to a dead room.

And spending hours lying on the floor looking in my parents’ stereo cabinets at all the different titles, I learned that owning vinyl is special because the recording becomes a physical art piece, and that brings the listener closer to the artist—when you’re cradling their work and studying it like a newspaper, and getting absolutely lost in the artwork and photographs.

One of my favorite finds was at a place called Fond Object in Nashville, where I came across an old Japanese pressing of Jeff Beck’s Blow By Blow, which had a bunch of stickers on it from the manufacturer, and included a massive poster. I love being a vinyl collector because you never know what you’re going to find at a record shop; it could be one of your favorite records but in a format or pressing you’ve never laid eyes on before.”
Nick

Like all of Dark Matter Dreams, the debut full-length from Field Division—in stores now on vinyl via Bella Union—”River in Reverse” was written while the duo was on the road. The music video was produced by DEFT, capturing gorgeous woozy footage of the pair in the Great Sand Dunes of Colorado.

Ultimately, “River in Reverse” pays fealty to the unquenchable urge to keep going. Relentlessly moving forward toward the often blinding sun, rejecting the hardships of the past and embracing the excitement and promise of the road ahead, “River in Reverse” encourages shedding burdens and carrying only that which is helpful for the journey to come.

According to Field Division’s Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton, the track “explores the duality of life and death with the ebb and flow of light and darkness. The lyrics flow with the intention of inspiring the listener (and ourselves) to transcend all troubles and negativity and focus on the road ahead, only taking that of the past which helps balance us in the future.”

“Sometimes the road is the only place where it feels like we can breathe.”

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