Field Mouse

Field Mouse, a four-piece band from Brooklyn, channels dream pop acts Bat For Lashes and School of Seven Bells as it combines airy, ethereal female vocals with lush, electronic-influenced arrangements. Lead singer (and co-founder) Rachel Browne's voice creates quick and fleeting impressions of settings and situations. Along with co-founder and guitarist Andrew Futral, Browne writes lyrics that tend toward the abstract rather than the explicit. Bassist Allison Weiss and drummer Geoff Lewit round out the group.

The band's website lists only three songs ("Glass", "You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom", and a cover of Deerhunter's "Helicopter"), but further investigation indicates that they also released an album in 2010 titled You Are Here. Most recently, the band filmed a music video for "Glass," consisting of a suitably dreamy slow-motion sequence of Browne. Their YouTube channel also features videos for "You Guys Are Gonna Wake Up My Mom" and "Dirt vs. Grass." A post on the band's blog states that a 7" vinyl will be released in February.

While based on a limited discography, my impressions of Field Mouse are positive. Their production makes good use of feedback and static while retaining a smooth and expansive sound that complements the vocals well. The use of synthesizers evinces their electronic influences but stops short of overwhelming the tracks. Nebulous lyrics fit perfectly and help complete the band's atmospheric sound.