Columbus locals Fields and Planes are masters of slow-burning songs that start out mellow, smart and dreamy, slowly layering new instruments and melodies on top of each other, building energy to a satisfying climax.
On the band’s newest record, “Deeper Than Before,” it’s music that requires your full attention and a pair of headphones to be fully enjoyed, and the effort on the part of the listener is often rewarded.
I had the chance to grab coffee with band members Paul Valdiviez and Fran Litterski, who share vocal responsibilities and play guitar and keys, respectively. The pair often harmonize and create duelling melodies, with their voices creating intimate sounds that seem inches away from your ear.
“I think in a lot of Paul’s songs, he tries to put in two points of view,” Litterski said. “One on our first record, ‘Leave Your Keys in the Bedroom,’ is a literal conversation between two people going back and forth—one likes the other and one doesn’t.”
All of the band members are composers, and the group’s shared goals yield a diverse repertoire of story songs and creative tunes.
Another highlight from “Deeper Than Before” is the unexpected late album track “The Last Time,” a jaunty double-time jam with a tendency to get the audience moving.
“‘The Last Time’ is probably our danciest song,” Litterski said. “We use a patch on the synth called ‘glittercats.’”
“I can’t even comprehend even trying to make that sound,” said Valdiviez, who proceeded to try anyway.
The personalities of Fields and Planes shine through in their live performances, which are considerably louder than their mellow studio recordings.
“It’s really nice to put a person to the music live,” Litterski said. “It’s fun to make that person into a human being rather than a voice on a CD. You can relate to a band more when you see them live.”
Fields and Planes’ next local show is at Spacebar June 19 for the “Digisaurus” EP release party