they shook hands for hours

by Fieldhead

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"...paints atmosphere better than a whole ream of his electronica comtemporaries ever could, creating unhealthy amounts of awe with his string slices and distortion washes..." - Rock a Rolla

"...his music is vast, expansive, dark, and inspiring, perfect for audiophiles who need some contemplative, absorbing electronica to divulge in." - The Silent Ballet

"This hauntological hip-hop opus is really quite special, and certainly with songs like 'I'm Fond Of Maps' (think Burial, circa 1920) and 'He'd Found The Sea' there's an indication of exciting things to come from this artist. Highly recommended." - Boomkat

"They Shook Hands For Hours sounds like Merzbow doing a chill-out album. Yes, it is that good - and disturbing. Fieldhead conjures up a variety of soundscapes to lose oneself in, like opening a door and suddenly being swamped by the cut-up soundtracks to late-night films." - Die Shellsuit Die

"...this Leeds native should find his place in the English underworld of art. All it takes is a little creativity and an abundance of incomparable talent. And Fieldhead is a terrific demonstration of both. Any album that can leave you puzzled, amused, and disturbed all at once is definitely one to be considered renowned and well rounded. Which is exactly what this is." - Fensepost

"This is the kind of aural treat that will sound like heaven to fans of Boards of Canada, Four Tet, Biosphere, Fennesz and even the more ambient side of dubstep [ala Burial]... probably one of the finest ambient electronic albums we have heard all year..." - Road Records

"...frozen laptop-generated soundscapes that generate a warmth beyond their contents via the twin violins veering off at different baroque angles in the most slow-burningly lovely way possible." - The List

"This elegant album communicates integrity and substance in the few seconds it takes to open. The decisive minimalism of the graphics and the carefully dense texture of the music announce a wish to be known and listened to, with an assurance that there will be a lot to hear and nothing dropped carelessly in simply because it can be (9/10)." - Whisperin' and Hollerin'

"They Shook Hands For Hours shines with emotions, inscribed by confident melodies and an impression of sensitivity radiated by the whole work... the Englishman delivers music which is expressive, and stands apart from the usual constraints of this style." - Autres Direction

"Anyone in search of new beat-driven ambient music of the minimalist variety, would do well to give Fieldhead an explore. There is much here to enjoy, with mind expansion into the bargain." - God is in the TV

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released November 2, 2009

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Fieldhead Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Fieldhead is Paul Elam. He produces ambient/electronic music that delights in tape hiss, geography, bleak landscapes and decaying analogue loops. He is ably assisted by violinist and long term collaborator Elaine Reynolds (The Boats, The Declining Winter). ... more

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