This record could just as easily be called "In A Sunny South Pasadena Living Room" or "In A Tin-Roofed Hut On A Remote Island In Winter," the settings where cult acclaimed songwriter Nicholas Krgovich wrote the elegant new album In An Open Field. It's the result of Krgovich emptying out his life and committing to songwriting as a daily practice. Tracked with a "live" band in Coventry, UK, consisting of Mason Le Long, Joe Carvell and Matthew Rheeston overdubbed in Los Angeles, CA and Vancouver, BC, the record flows with a sophisticated, assured grace that in Steely Dan-like fashion belies the listless melancholy and knottiness found throughout the lyric sheet. Krgovich expresses the anxiety of the age in a way that is somehow both brutal and gentle.
In An Open Field is a "dropping of the phone" and explores a widespread existential crisis within a personal frame in a way that is raw and direct but with a lightness and sensitivity to the uncomfortable human condition it's addressing. Luckily, this is all wrapped up in irresistible melodies, airtight songwriting, beautifully nuanced arrangements, and buoyant performances from trombonist Peter Zummo (Arthur Russell), legendary pedal steel player B.J. Cole, Angel Deradoorian, and psych-pop wiz Chris Cohen. From the feather-light saxophone harmonies on "Country Boy" to the gorgeously floaty first single "My Riverboat" the record is the finest work yet of a man who has built a formidable discography over the last 15 years. There is much to delight and turn over on In An Open Field, a gentle adventure from a master of sophisticated pop bliss.