WRITTEN BY CADY COLOSIMO
Ed Note: We're spending the next couple of weeks introducing you to the acts that will be making up this year's GDP Music Festival, sponsored by the always-fantastic DMMC. The festival will take place on April 25th in downtown Des Moines at Wooly's, Streetcar 209, and the Beechwood Lounge. Make sure to get your tickets and keep checking back for a new band hype every weekday leading up to the event.
Art for Art’s Sake is an idea that originated in early 1900’s France. The thinking behind it was art could be created for no other purpose than to be enjoyed as such, and didn’t need to have a purpose like religion or politics to be valid. It was the idea that art didn’t need to be justified or judged: it could just be.
Field Division is Music for Music’s Sake. The music “is” and encourages you to “be.” The duo of Evelyn Taylor and Nicholas Frampton have taken aspects of folk and dream pop and combined them into a whimsical little genre known as folkwave. The result is their 2014 debut “Reverie State EP” and it is a stunning mass of genre-bending, mind-numbing songs. The grandiose opening track “Flautlines” sets the stage for the rest of the haunting yet dazzling album. Every melody lingers in a way that lets the music sink in until the listener becomes fully absorbed. Filled with vivid arrangements of guitars, percussion, and electronic elements it’s a swirling mix of emotion that feels like a storm is brewing.
It is the quintessential album to “turn on, tune in, and drop out." Taylor sweeps you up with her voice and Frampton coddles you with his harmonies. The duo takes you into their serene world where you can close your eyes and finally breathe deeply. It’s the perfect music to lose yourself—and possibly find yourself—in.