Song of the Day, November 24: Field of Mars by the Church

ChurchBlurredToday’s song is Field of Mars from the Church’s powerful second album, The Blurred Crusade. Written and sung by guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, it’s a dark epic. Willson-Piper makes references to fields of many types and casts his eyes to the night sky, leaving it unclear whether this Field is terrestrial or otherwise. Its bare expanse mirrors his sense of emptiness, however, and he captures that feeling with a restrained delivery. His trademark guitar swirls around that of Peter Koppes, a chiming echo of loneliness. The Church made a quantum leap in musical quality on this disc, and The Field of Mars is one of its finest moments.

Enjoy this powerful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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