Last - RAD
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Kyle Lemmon on February 28, 2013
Kyle Field (aka Little Wings) seems to be settling down in the Sunset District of San Francisco after many years of nomadic life. (Of course, by the time you read this, he may well have relocated again. Figures.) The singer-songwriter/artist/surfer spins intricate little folk lullabies towards which fans of Bill Callahan and Bonnie “Prince” Billy will immediately feel a strong attachment. Field’s nature-centric lyrics are often silhouetted with a sense of natural dread or wonder through spare instrumentation and whispery vocals. His 10th album is ominously titled LAST and doesn’t stray too far from the aforementioned outré-folk aesthetics of past releases. Shadowy campfire tracks such as “Where Is the Worm” and “Knock on Every Door” are par for the course, but the electric sting of “Country Skull” is a welcome change for a musician who can sometimes get lost wandering in his own headspace. But no matter where he lays that head, LAST reminds us that we’ll always know where to find Little Wings’ unique style.