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Bright Green Field

Squid

Bright Green Field

Debut full-length album from the Brighton post-punk band produced by Dan Carey (Fontaines D.C., Black Midi, Goat Girl)

ADM rating[?]

8.5

Label
Warp
UK Release date
07/05/2021
US Release date
07/05/2021
  1. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    There's no doubt that the five-piece have created something incredibly special, and they’re already working on a tour to showcase yet more new music for later in the year – nothing can keep them still. The world is truly Squid's oyster
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  2. 10.0 |   Gigwise

    Nothing short of immaculate
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  3. 10.0 |   NME

    An uncompromising debut that fulfils every ounce of the band’s potential
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  4. 9.0 |   Under The Radar

    In a crowded field of contemporaries, Bright Green Field puts Squid among the best
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  5. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    They embrace vulnerability, taking time to address modern issues (read: symptoms of capitalism), while also imbuing a real sense of fun, artistic merit and instrumental democracy in the record's 11 tracks
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  6. 9.0 |   DIY

    Squid always seemed destined to have an epic album in them, and they’ve delivered just that
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  7. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Squid have mutated their trailblazing compound of fast, motoric beats meets spiralling jazz-induced art-punk and repurposed them for wider territories that stay true to Warp’s historic constitution for post-genre music
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  8. 9.0 |   Clash

    Succinct yet packed with stunning detail, it refuses to take the easy way out, and that stubbornness may see Squid outstrip their peers in a head-long race towards a re-engaged future
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  9. 9.0 |   Uncut

    A bold debut that continues their frenetic explorations of post-punk kraut-jazz but also moves into more electronic and soundscape-like worlds. Print edition only

  10. 9.0 |   All Music

    Truly a band for the times, Squid feels like a wild jumble of thoughts come to life, effusing anger, confusion, humor, detachment, and even joyfulness in their pursuit of true creative freedom
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  11. 9.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Bright Green Field is already an album rife with the qualities of a classic
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  12. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Like (almost) nothing you’ll hear this year, Bright Green Field is a remarkable and unabashedly strange debut for Squid, one that is as perplexing as it is addicting. The only thing more addicting is trying to describe them to your friends
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  13. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    A brave and daring debut album that manages to mix experimental and avant-garde influences smack bang next to bouncy indie-disco post-punk motifs
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  14. 8.3 |   Beats Per Minute

    A joy to return to time and again; the innovative sonic mayhem of their music is both an acknowledgement of the despair of our existence – and a reminder that nobody is alone in feeling it
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  15. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The British quintet’s utter disregard for rock convention elevates Bright Green Field’s paranoid, vaguely dystopian universe
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  16. 8.0 |   The FT

    The band’s debut album sees literary inspiration transformed into a dynamic post-punk sound
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  17. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Bright Green Field ramps up that nagging longing for live music that we’ve all felt over the last year
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  18. 8.0 |   The Music

    It offers up seemingly endless musical revelations
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  19. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Squid continue to break boundaries on their debut album
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  20. 8.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    A rich melting pot of disparate influences; it’s where discordant post-punk aligns with jazzy rhythms, math-rock tendencies and pockets of ambient calm that spasmodically erupt into feral cavalcades of noise
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  21. 8.0 |   Mojo

    An absolute tonic. Print edition only

  22. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    For all its significations and referents, the album never feels overburdened or contrived
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  23. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    The English band’s nervy debut blazes through scraps of jazz, funk, krautrock, dub, and punk. More than a canonized style, it’s their level of control that sets them apart
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  24. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    If Squid are the guitar boys' buzz band of the moment, some are going to get a little more than they bargained for on their debut
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