Field Report’s Fergus Falls: Best song of the year so far? [new mp3]

by oz on April 23, 2012

We mentioned that Field Report was one of our favorite new discoveries at SXSW this year. Christopher Porterfield ended his previous Milwaukee-based band, Conrad Plymouth, and emerged with a new one called Field Report, seemingly overnight. They recorded an album at Justin Vernon’s studio in December of last year and more recently, they’ve been touring in support of Megafaun (a perfect pairing).

Field Report’s track “Fergus Falls” is an addiction. It wasn’t a single that leaped out at first, but it begs for repeated listening. It’s a sparse folk ballad that grows in texture and emotion over the course of a brilliant five minutes. An acoustic drives the song in the beginning and is later accompanied by percussion, strings, an electric guitar and horns – all layered in at the right time in all the right places. No one instrument overpowers another and Porterfield’s complex and wordy lyrics fit the arrangement like a glove and feel completely natural. The more I listen to “Fergus Falls,” the more I’m amazed that lines like “I was concealing his kid, under his crew neck state school sweatshirt/While he grinned off in the distance, behind prescription shades” sound completely natural – not a word is rushed and they roll right along with the tempo of the song.

Here are the full lyrics:

This is the one in which I miraculously pulled out
Of a free-fall dive over Fergus Falls, Minnesota
And this is the one like 10 years ago
That I told you about
Where my wings iced up in the fall, as it gets colder

I was concealing his kid, under his crew neck state school sweatshirt
While he grinned off in the distance, behind prescription shades
They were blocking out the clouded out sun
While he was hoping against a daughter
And no one saw my banners, my bruises, my flares, my flags

I could have been an artist, if I had the tools
I could have been a preacher, if I suffered fools
When move into the city, I know I’ll have to pay my dues
And my respects to his sister and his mother too

This is the one in which I miraculously pulled out
Of a free-fall dive over Fergus Falls, Minnesota
And this is the one like 10 years ago
That I told you about
Where my wings iced up in the fall, it gets colder X 2

Spinner recently featured a free download of the song (found below), so I’d recommend downloading it asap. We’ll make sure to keep you abreast of any news relating to the album’s release. In the meantime, I’m interested in hearing any better song selections for best song of the year so far…

If you’d like to visit Fergus Falls, MN, click here.

Field Report – Fergus Falls

Here’s also a performance from SXSW:

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MyMusic April 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

Beautiful tune! Also dig the version off the Conrad Plymouth EP.

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