Dense, dazzling concept pop from Field Music man

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The Week That Was – The Week That Was

After his brother David’s excellent School Of Industry record, Peter Brewis’s The Week That Was is the second great album from the Field Music camp this year.

It’s full of the deft harmonic shimmies that define his parent band, but overall this is a denser, darker affair, apparently inspired by the elliptical crime writing of Paul Auster, and in thrall to the sage mid-‘80s pop of Sylvian/Sakamoto, Kate Bush and XTC, LinnDrums and all. Brewis constructs songs with architectural scale and precision – in its own prim, nostalgic, English way, it’s pretty dazzling stuff.