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Jump-started amid the hubbub over Field Music's rumored 2007 breakup, School of Language is the side project of Field Music's David Brewis. The project is just a touch gutsier and guitar-heavy than Field Music, but still exhibits the latter's fascination with Laurel Canyon-esque vocal harmonies and ambitious time signatures. School of Language's debut full-length, Sea from Shore, was released on Thrill Jockey (U.S.) and Memphis Industries (U.K.) in 2008. Brewis hit the road in support of the album soon after it came out, touring the U.S. throughout the spring of that year backed by Tortoise's Doug McCombs on bass and Euphone's Ryan Rapsys on drums. After finishing up the tour, Brewis turned his attention back to Field Music, and the group cranked out two excellent albums in relatively quick succession, 2010's Field Music (Measure) and 2012's Plumb. Once finished with this burst of band energy, Brewis threw himself into a crazily busy schedule of collaboration, production (most notably working with Maximo Park,) scoring silent films, and remixing, while also finding time to tour with Eleanor Friedberger's band. Somehow, Brewis also managed to squeeze in School of Language's second album, Old Fears, which was released by Memphis Industries in April of 2014.
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