It’s good to get a little gloomy sometimes. Depersonalisation is the debut album from Australian post-punk band Nite Fields, and while it adds nine tracks to the big vast world of post-punk, they do seem to come prepared with a couple additional elements to help them make their own shadows. Aside from the traditional sounds of post-punk, Nite Fields also add touches of shoegaze, rock and even a dash of pop in there to help build up a little texture to the mix.
After a couple solid displays of wishy washy atmospheres the first standout track from Depersonalisation comes in the form of You I Never Knew. This track has all the tools the previous songs had and definitely knows how to pull off a real moody sound but also has a couple extra qualities in its arsenal too. Nite Fields flood this track with a bassline that is borderline danceable, and its emergence invigorates the spirit of the record by adding some much needed groove to it. I personally love this song, mostly because it features everything from riffs to groove to tempo to melodies to hooks and it really becomes a cornerstone of the record.
Depersonalisation also excels at creating some moving atmospheres throughout. Whether it is the catchier affair of You I Never Knew or the sombre brilliance that is Pay for Strangers, Nite Fields have a real talent to take instruments and make them sound like the biggest instruments in the world. Riffs are stretched into vast dimensions which really swallow up the air to allow vocals and drums to snuggle inbetween, and on a track like Hell/Happy it gets to the point where it’s almost like everything in this world is simply made up of the sound of Nite Fields. It’s astounding, and in its vastness comes a pretty easy notion of becoming entwined with the whole situation. It’s very good.
Overall this album is a nice escape from all things silent into something that at the very least offers a moment or nine to bask in some gloominess. Nite Fields do a great job at projecting their particular style of post-punk, and with the added traits of other genres it also helps it build a little character too. The record could have benefitted from a couple more moments of catchiness which really would have helped it flow better but as a debut album this was a solid introduction that doesn’t want you wanting to say goodbye until there’s nothing left to say. It’s a solid start for Nite Fields, and it should be intriguing to see where they go from here.
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