Close your eyes and picture an “endless field”– what comes to mind might be a placid landscape, grass stretching out as far as the eye can see, swaying gently in the wind. Now look up, and another endless field looms overhead – the vast expanse of space, the night sky offering a mere glimpse of its infinite destinations. Think in less literal terms, and the phrase might suggest the never-ending pursuit of the musician or artist – a field of study that can last a lifetime and beyond.
All of those meanings tumble together on the uncategorizable, cinematically beautiful self-titled debut album from Endless Field (out June 23 from Biophilia Records), the duo of longtime collaborators Jesse Lewis and Ike Sturm. Both intimate and expansive, boundless and introspective, the album captures the genre-vaulting imagination and the deftly entwined vision of these two artists and their special guests, drawn from some of the most forward-looking voices in modern music.
Working together in a variety of contexts for more than ten years, guitarist Jesse Lewis and bassist Ike Sturm have evolved a unique approach that can be classified as theirs alone. From the hushed, breathtaking sound of fingers on strings to atmospheric ambient textures and thrilling improvisations, the duo venture through a vast territory of experimentation on Endless Field, both inspired by and suggestive of the diverse beauty of nature.