Field Music aren't going to produce music as a "band" for a while, whatever that means, so main member Dave Brewis has risen like a phoenix to become School Of Language. If Field Music's last album, Tones Of Town, was the cool stoner brother who really understood music, Sea From Shore is that same sibling who became a doctor. This solo indie-nerd-rock project sounds relaxed and warm, but has also grown a little more mature and memorable. Brewis' love for complex time changes still throws many songs for a loop here, but it's all done with less force. "Keep Your Water" starts off as a watery ballad but peacefully moves into an upbeat acoustic stomper in the end. The bandmates are missed by mid-album, mostly because Brewis starts to sound like a man left too long to his own devices. Fortunately, Brewis ends the album by reconnecting with the record's first two songs, kind of like a good medical thesis explained to you when you're high.
- CHART TV