Sebastian Field has been a mainstay of the Canberra creative circuit for over ten years, performing in bands such as Cracked Actor, Burrows and Julia and the Deep Sea Sirens. 2019 sees him reinventing himself as a solo performer with the release of his debut, Picture Stone.
The recording process saw Field and long time collaborator, Sam King, preparing the bulk of recordings in studio, then playing said recordings into iconic locations around Canberra, marrying the reverberant qualities into the final product. Ten different locations were utilised, including; The Fitters Workshop, Ainslie Primary School, Lewellyn Hall, James Turrell’s Skyspace. Tidbinbilla National Reserve, Reconciliation Place and Old Mt Stromlo Observatory.
The soul of the record lies not in the process, though, but in the concepts it deals with, as relayed through the lyrics of key tracks and artefacts otherwise dotted throughout the collection of songs. Outside of his creative endeavours, Field has committed himself to unpacking and exploring his childhood for the past many years, a process which has markedly influenced the album.
Says Sebastian: “The technical core of the project is the capture of aural qualities of varied locations around Canberra, but the emotional core of the album lies in my growing understanding and acceptance of myself and my love towards my mother.”
Picture Stone is an ArtsACT funded initiative.
released June 28, 2019
All songs written by Sebastian Field, except for Unravel written by Bjork Guomundsdottir and Guy Sigsworth
Produced by Sam King and Sebastian Field
Recorded by Sam King at Merloc Studios, The Fitters Workshop, Ainslie School, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, Mt Stromlo Observatory, Lewellyn Hall, Reconciliation Place, Skyspace and The Polish Club Men's Bathroom
Mastered at Studios 301 by Andrew Edgson
Additional piano on Time May Wake Us All performed by Luke Sweeting
Piano on Liberty Bell performed by Luke Sweeting
Rhodes on Hidden In Leaves performed by Luke Sweeting
Rhodes on (Red Flag) performed by Luke Sweeting
Additional guitar on (Red Flag) performed by Sam King
Strings on Always A Never Blue Sky written and performed by Grahame Thompson and Emma Kelly (Happy Axe)
Guitar on Always A Never Blue Sky performed by Matthew Lustri
Guitar on Modern Lives performed by Matthew Lustri
NB: Liberty Bell was written on a guitar handmade by Jari Veikkanen
Design by Adam J Bragg
Released by Provenance (PR019)