Little Wings: Magic Wand
Little Wings is a diverse musical palette Kyle Field uses to paint stories with sound. The personnel in Little Wings has always been in flux, through the Wonder and Light Green Leaves trilogies and last years Harvest Joy album. Says Kyle, “Magic Wand is about trusting to get it right the first time (pointing your magic wand with total faith and projection and focus, sending light in this way). Magic Wand attempts a refined high realism, lyrically and musically, that I have never attempted with the voice.” He adds, “I am drawing a lot”, as evidenced by the cover illustrations for Magic Wand, an extension of the work in Kyle’s latest gallery show. With this album Kyle worked with producer Calvin Johnson at Dub Narcotic studio in Olympia, Wa., recruiting a wide variety of other artists (musical and visual: Phil Elverum, Bobby Birdman, Lee Baggett, Genevieve Elverum, Miggy Littleton and others) who come and go throughout the week Magic Wand is recorded. They stay for days and nights, or for just one song. This results in the Child Artist deep inside Kyle emerging, picking up his pen again with his original devotion and purpose. In his hands “Magic Wand” becomes a synonym for pen (writing and drawing), microphone, peace pipe, cigarette, an actual magicians wand, crystal shard, etc. This is the sixth album from Kyle Field funneling his wood grain/crystal shards through the latest wave of Big Sur revivalism.
Little Wings: Discover Worlds of Wonder
Discover Worlds of Wonder is the second album in the Little Wings "Wonder" trilogy, along with the albums Wonder City (Knw-Yr-Own) and Wonderue (KLP134). Little Wings is Kyle Field and an assortment of accompaniests, rogue and wanderers.
Little Wings: Light Green Leaves
Light Green Leaves: to be read as seasonal fall and it's dying cloak, in the newest wails and crashes through the branches. Towards the coasts and all bellies and faces of the land comes a new rising, a late light that dies. "light green leaves from the trees...we'd best enjoy them before they turn brown." Advancing from within the humming of green summertime, all of the album's foliage is set to fall apart, and "I will finally fall to pieces" here, after we have bloomed on this branch. In the fall phantom's creeping on leafy legs, the way we stare out from the fort, the idea of invisibility.After completing the “Wonder Trilogy” of albums (The Wonder City, Discover Worlds of Wonder, Wonderue) Kyle Field launched his next trilogy all in one fell swoop. This new Little Wings album, Light Green Leaves, is actually three albums in one: each format (CD, LP, CS) is a separate set of recordings, three versions with three perspectives, different recording situations and even different songs/versions on each format. Of course it is all pure Kyle. The CD version was recorded by Kyle at “the Birdnest” (his former house in Portland, Ore.) with a cast of Portland and California characters. The LP version was recorded at Dub Narcotic studio with Phil Elvrum (the Microphones), Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu), Calvin Johnson, Khaela Maricich (the Blow, providing spiritual guidance) and others. The Cassette version was recorded directly to cassette in various locations: cars, campgrounds, bedrooms, etc. Light Green Leaves creates a new dense canopy of foliage using layers and versions of songs as a physical metaphor. The birth-life-death cycles are represented and seen through the variations, an aerial view with a phantom presence. Light Green Leaves displays all the power and whimsy of the Kyle Field/Little Wings universe in shocking clarity. Once you enter that universe, there is no escape, you will voraciously devour the entire Little Wings oeuvre.
Little Wings: Wonderue
Here is Wonderue under late afternoon skies. The skies are still changing within the four corners of this album. Born in the fall, winter and spring, the tape picked up the sidewalk's hum, the ocean's swell, the echoes in the canyon and the reflection out on the lake. I wonder what will happen when you hear it, I wonder where by then you all will be, I wonder if your heart is feeling near it? I wonder if your heart is feeling free? Wonderue is the culmination of several years work by Kyle Field who travels creatively under the moniker Little Wings, a “band” he has developed as “a loosely assembled group of people helping me to make my songs; lending their singing, listening and playing for short periods of time, at which point they are recorded or witnessed live by small audiences here and there.” This album is the third in his “Wonder” triliogy, a concept based upon a drawing by the L.A. artist Victor Hu entitled “Discover Worlds of Wonder”, the first two volumes in the series being Wonder City (Knw-Yr-Own, KNW046) and Worlds of Wonder (Walking). Recorded by Phil Elvrum (The Microphones) at Dub Narcotic, and in Portland at the Birdnest and Type Foundry by the Birdnest Family, Wonderue will stay with you and keep you warm all year 'round.