The Field Auxiliary: “Phantom Limb”

Simply put, the Field Auxiliary’s “Phantom Limb” off their recent release, Bed Riddance to Rad Garbage is one of the most well-written pop songs I’ve heard in a long time, anywhere.  What should be a simple, piano-driven, summery tune is perfectly skewed by horned synth lines, echoes, a ton of reverb, and other misc. noise.  It has a sort of Flaming Lips-like touch of weird where you know you’re listening to a pop song, but you can’t label it such without several reservations.  And there’s even an allusion to “A Spoonful Weighs a Ton” somewhere in there.  The words are poetically versed and seem somewhat cynical when compared to the otherwise poppy nature of the song.


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