Field Guide w/ Kris Ulrich
Saturday, March 4th, 2023
19+ w/ Valid ID
$15 in advance starting Thursday, November 10th (10am) at http://www.showpass.com/field-guide-w-guests/ (service charges apply to online sales – refunds due to show cancellation will be for the face value of the ticket only)
$18 + tax day of – online/at the door (if tickets still remain)
Field Guide (aka Dylan MacDonald) is a weaver of worlds. Built around his inviting voice and wrapped in warm textures, his self-titled sophomore full-length builds his most engaging world yet. It lives in a place between darkness and hopefulness with unshakeable melodies at its heart. “Melody is what makes words fall out of my mouth. It’s disarming. When I find a melody that represents my internal world, I drop my guard. I allow the words to appear out of thin air without judgement. A lot of these songs came to life that way. I wasn’t trying to make anything, but the songs became a home for words that I wasn’t yet ready to write on the page,” MacDonald says.
The past few years haven’t allowed for much escape from our interior worlds. There’s been a lot to move through, and many things can be true at once. This album lives at the sometimes-tense intersection of those truths – loving someone dearly while being pulled toward something new, feeling joy in the melancholy, a gratitude for deep friendship and an uncertainty of one’s place in it.
Kris Ulrich’s new songs are built with a new sonic palette: production and songwriting built on driving drum machines, woozy synth layers, dogged hooks, and a clear lyrical voice.
The songs are both hopeful and melancholic, simultaneously holding reflections of a dusty past played on old tape machines and the surging brightness of future possibility – all while sewn together with a tongue-in-cheek self-awareness. It harkens back to sounds from the late 2000s (see: Kings of Leon, The Stills, Wilco) and touches on newer folks like Ethan Gruska, Sam Evian and The War on Drugs. His past releases have been radio favourites and these new songs will be no different.