Premiere: Stepping Out of the Shadows with Fields&.’s “White Holes in the Blue”

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Singer/songwriter Fields&. captures the moments that make a relationship in new single “White Holes in the Blue,” a poignant indie folk song full of ambient warmth and heartfelt intent.
Listen: “White Holes in the Blue” – Fields&.

Sometimes, all we have left of a special relationship are the memories of intimate moments and their accompanying emotions. Before the memories fade and we’re left to dwell in glimmers of long-ago thoughts and feelings, it’s worth our while to capture them – whether through writing or song, painting or more, some histories deserve memorialization. Singer/songwriter Fields&. captures the moments that make a relationship in new single “White Holes in the Blue,” a poignant indie folk song full of ambient warmth and heartfelt intent.

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White Holes in the Blue – Fields&.

Do you remember walking in the garden
When you gave me your heart
and I said I would guard it forever?
Do you remember sleeping in the summer
Under canvasses of white holes in the blue
Do you remember when I kissed you
In the lot of the house
where I first spoke the truth
Do you remember all the sunsets
And the ways we let
our intentions get our worst bet

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “White Holes in the Blue,” the latest single from soothing singer/songwriter Fields&. (pronounced “Fields and”). The ambient alternative/indie folk project of Bellingham, Washington’s Ernest Brockman, Fields&. was formed in 2018 and introduced himself in 2018 through debut EP Nigel and its single, “My Dear, a Wildfire.” Somewhat akin to Mappe Of‘s debut in terms of his acoustic, sonically subtle folk style, Fields&.’s music lends itself to moments of reflection and scenic journeys through nature and the great outdoors. 2019’s singles “Headwinds” and “Sequoia” have found the artist diving deeper into the folds of intimate songwriting – a quality that is fully pronounced in the moving “White Holes in the Blue.”

“When we lose a person we’re particularly close to, I think we are presented with a choice to continue living in the shadow of not having that relationship anymore, or to celebrate the time that we had with that person,” Fields&. tells Atwood Magazine. “Every line in White Holes in the Blue is a specific truth and a specific memory, and sorting through all of that in search of joy was one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had as a songwriter. The process for writing this song was unique in that it happened very quickly – I took an old guitar and sat outside at about 2:30 in the morning, wrote a majority of the song in about 20 minutes, and had initial tracking done less than a day later. Everything, from arrangement to tracking to mixing, was so organic with this song, and it was kind of an a-ha! moment to notice that honesty speaks the best lyric.”

Singing line by line as if he’s going down a list, Fields&. recalls various important parts of a bygone relationship and the way in which those memories stuck out to him: “Do you remember when I kissed you in the lot of the house, where I first spoke the truth.” Set against a low organ sound and a rich electric guitar, his raw voice feels sweet and natural. As the song continues, the memories intensify and ultimately come to a stark ending with the line, “And I pray that we might see some better days.”

Fields&. © Matthew Boyd

Fields&. © Matthew Boyd

Fields&. © Matthew Boyd

Fields&. © Matthew Boyd



The artist explains, “More than anything, White Holes is reminiscent. It looks on the past with a fond, poignant glow, and looks to the future with bright anticipation and hope. The song was incredibly fun to put together and it builds on the usual stripped down sound of Fields&. – I love the way it turned out so organically and I’m excited for the sounds and songs to come from this project.”

Do you remember all the things we made
As our minds unfolded and led our hands away
Do you remember all the grace you gave
Through the headwinds and the worst of my mistakes
And I pray that we might never walk away
And I pray that we might see some better days
And I pray that we might one day be the same
And I pray that we might see some better days

Bittersweet yet nonetheless enriching, this track is the perfect way to capture the emotional magnitude of a lost and faded love. Stream “White Holes in the Blue” exclusively on Atwood Magazine, and stay tuned for more spine-shivering left-of-center folk from Fields&. in the months to come!

Listen: “White Holes in the Blue” – Fields&.

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