Today felte has announced the debut LP from their latest signee — Australian-based band Nite Fields. Entitled Depersonalisation, the LP is the first proper release for the band in North America and will hit shelves on February 3rd. Listen to the first single from the record “You I Never Knew” below.
It is difficult place to pinpoint for Nite Fields. While their coming together took place in Melbourne, all four members originally hail from Brisbane. A humid and notoriously conservative city, the band is currently split between that city and Sydney.
Depersonalisation was conceived and completed over a four-year period in all three distinct cities. Recordings were completed almost entirely by the band members in over twenty locations including garages, bedrooms, borrowed studios, stairwells and a restaurant dining room after hours.
Lead singer and songwriter Danny Venzin is opinionated, passionate, and uncompromising, whether releasing works on his own label Lost Race or maintaining his diligent focus on a unified (though not narrow-minded) Nite Fields aesthetic, regardless of what music is currently in fashion. His band mates Chris Campion, Liza Harvey and Michael Whitney consist of deeply immersed players in a tight-nit local D.I.Y. scene.
Though Nite Fields’ early works were completed with the staunch D.I.Y. ethic that runs through the band, Depersonalisation is the first time the band have turned production duties over to somebody else. That somebody was Australian iconoclast Nigel Lee-Yang of cult band HTRK, whos known for his distinctive musical vision.
Having approached the band after hearing their self-released “Vacation” single, which was recently re-released in the states by felte, Nigel set about mixing the album in his Sydney home studio over a labor-intensive nine-month period between mid 2013 and early 2014. The results are rich with characterful sounds. and sonically diverse, within the nine tracks you’ll find noisy percussion, jangly guitars, potent bass and hypnotic synthesizers, all polished with Yang’s signature electronic sheen.
Depersonalisation comes from recurring themes include disassociation of reality and dissipation of love, with Venzin’s understated and at times unsettling vocal delivery almost as hard to forget as the album’s unique mood.
Nite Fields – Depersonlisation
(felte – Febuary 3rd)
2. Fill The Void
3. You I Never Knew
5. Pay For Strangers
8. Like A Drone
9. Winter’s Gone
The band is heading out on tour this winter. Full dates below.
12/05: Sydney, AUS @ 107 Projects
12/13: Brisbane, AUS @ The Bearded Lady
01/22: Petrozavodsk, RU @ TBC
01/23: St Petersburg, RU @ Dada
01/24: Moscow, RU @ Powerhouse
01/27: Kharkov, UA @ Akuna Matata
01/29: Kiev, UA @ Closer
01/30: Athens, GR @ Death Disco
01/31: Larissa, GR @ Sto Peripou
02/01: Thessaloniki, GR @ Mavri Tripya
02/04: Skopje, MK @ MKC
02/05: Sofia, BG @ Mixtape 5
02/07: Bucharest, RO @ Question Mark
02/12: Tallinn, EE @ Sinilind
02/13: Tartu, EE @ Genialistide Club
02/14: Riga, LV @ Depo
02/18: Vilnius, LT @ Kablys
02/20: Zurich, CH @ Exil
02/21: Paris, FR @ Espace B
02/23: London, UK @ The Old Blue Last