Field Studies” is a very special split CD/LP from long-time friends and recent labelmates THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and LYMBYC SYSTYM. Hatched during the late night drives of their winter 2007 tour together, the concept was simple and pure: document an exciting time in both bands’ lives – both as people/friends and as musical entities.

Over the July 4 holiday of 2008, members of THIS WILL DESTROY YOU, LYMBYC SYSTYM, and Magic Bullet Records all converged upon Elmwood Studios in Dallas, TX, the homebase of acclaimed producer John Congleton (BLACK MOUNTAIN, MODEST MOUSE, EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY). THIS WILL DESTROY YOU kicked off the fireworks by tracking 2 brand new songs: the bombastic and menacing “Brutalism and the Worship of the Machine” (clocking in at a whopping 11:09) and the heart-warmingly hypnotic “Freedom Blade.” From there, LYMBYC SYSTYM unveiled three astonishing studies in melody in musicality (“Processed Spirits,” “Notations,” and “Narita”), much to the jaw-dropping amazement of all present. It didn’t take long for it to be become apparent: something special was happening within the walls of Elmwood.

The time came for Congleton to work his mixing magic in solitude, locking himself away and not emerging until the task was complete. After two grueling days of immersion, both bands were presented with his results, truly blown away in hearing John’s treatment of their original creations. All involved walked away with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. And as the mixes were handed over to Alan Douches at West West Side for the final mastering touches, members of both bands collaborated on the artwork concepts and execution, putting a final brush stroke on the collective effort and overwhelming support that both bands showed each other and fed off of throughout the process.

It is with great pride and honor that Magic Bullet presents Field Studies to listening audiences the world over. In a time of instrumental and post-rock over-saturation and emulation, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU and LYMBYC SYSTYM have further distanced themselves from the hordes, once again asserting their commitment to pushing the genre forward.

Mp3: “Narita” (Lymbyc Systym)

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CD issued January 26, 2009
LP issued January 26, 2009

United States Copyright Office Registration Number: SR 692-723

LP pressing info
1st press:  clear vinyl, black vinyl