If Kyle Field ever is able to create a kind of summer album with Little Wings, “Explains” is it. The new LP out via Woodsist is the more and more I listened to it, the more and more I started smiling for no reason, Last time I had this feeling listening to “Summer Bummr” by Graves. The Cover reminds of “Sometimes I wish we were an Eagle” by Bill Callahan and both artist as different as their are, seem to have after found more than 15 years of releasing outstanding singer – songwriter folk music, a way of expressing deep melancholic emotional tunes, telling heavy personal problems and stories of the misery of the world, without ever being depressive, sometimes even with a great pop appeal. This is really unique.
“Whatever we do tonight / you know the summer´s here”
Stream all of the tracks via stereogum for a while.
Can´t say it better then Real Estate´s Alex Bleeker does:
“Kyle Field, professionally known as Little Wings, is a living legend. He is the modern embodiment of the traveling bard and the singing troubadour. Kyle’s discography is vast and impressive, full of tunes that are plucked from the lexicon of great American songwriting. On his latest effort, EXPLAINS, he crafts melodies so haunting and familiar; it’s as if he’s not composing them at all. He is tapping into something greater, acting as a vessel for the collective unconscious that is folk music.
This is an album that is immediately accessible and also unfolds slowly, revealing greater depth with each listen. Kyle’s lyrics are direct yet poetic, funny yet sad. EXPLAINS is a fantastic record that celebrates the enduring spirit of a great artist. Its release on WOODSIST is all too fitting – a label whose very foundation seems based on lasting creative integrity.”
Here´s the short documentary about the painter and musician kyle field and the band little Wings: