You Tell Me
- CD-MI-0517 LP-MI-0517
The self-titled debut album by You Tell Me, a duo consisting of Field Music’s Peter Brewis and Admiral Fallow's Sarah Hayes. Available here on CD and LP.
As one half of Field Music, Peter Brewis has been honing the craft of pop song-writing for almost fifteen years, whilst Sarah Hayes has been exploring contemporary folk in her solo work, and the world of indie-pop via her band Admiral Fallow. By blending their distinct compositional talents, they’ve created a record that possesses their own clear styles but also a new voice too. With both of them writing songs and lyrics, Peter describes it as “a sort of dual-personal record”. Sonically, the result is a subtly crafted album with a rich and intricate sense of composition, in which strings glide above multi-layered keyboards and percussion, and vocal melodies wrap around one another in snug unison. In many senses it feels like a classic songwriter record – rich in craft, songs, arrangements and vocal interplay - yet it manages to feel stylistically contemporary and void of nostalgia.
Lyrically, Peter says, “most of the songs seemed to either be about conversations, be conversational or about talking or not talking.” Sarah echoes this: “the subject of communication - talking and listening, guessing and questioning - looms large on this record and in general for me. It's something I think about a lot.” Which makes sense given that this record is fundamentally a musical conversation between two new collaborators and friends, a constant back and forth of new ideas, shared influences and the expunging of inner feelings.
For Sarah this approach was an experiment that paid off. “Making this record has taken me out of my comfort zone,” she says. “We found a way of working which, while still peppered with various conundrums that crop up in making an album, was also fun and freeing. It can be a bit of an overused word, but I think this is a genuine and meaningful collaboration.”
LP - Standard LP
CD - Standard CD