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Field Music share Madonna-inspired “Count it Up” from new LP

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UK duo Field Music have shared the first single from their forthcoming album, Open Here. Written by David Brewis, the synthy, slinky number owes sonic debt to the early ’80s innovators like Bill Nelson and XTC. Specifically, though, the song tips its hat to Madonna’s “Material Girl” both musically and lyrically. In a very 2017 way, mind you, as David Explains:

I’ve been down and angry about the state of everything lately. Our town (Sunderland) has become infamous in that it was the first place that voted for Brexit, and that threw into really stark relief loads of fears I have about where we live. It’s been a downtrodden place for quite a long time and people look for someone to blame.

I went through a period not long after the global financial crisis when I read a lot about economics. There’s a section in a book by Joseph Stiglitz called Making Globalisation Work about how those on the right hand side of the political spectrum tend to ascribe their fortunes entirely in the frame of their own talents. If somebody is poor it’s because they’re stupid, and if I’m rich it’s not because my parents gave me a great start in life, or money, or a great education, it’s because I’m talented and brilliant. I think all of that fed into this howl of rage set to what’s basically my version of “Material Girl.”

Take a listen to “Count it Up” below.

Open Here will be out February 3 via Memphis Industries.

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