| 2011 (2011)–present|
| Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States|
Partisan Records, Dine Alone Records (Canada)
Field Report is an American folk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin led by singer/songwriter Christopher Porterfield. The band's name is an anagram of the surname Porterfield.
Chris Porterfield, the leader of Field Report, originally played with Justin Vernon (now the creative force behind Bon Iver) in the Vernon-led band DeYarmond Edison. After the breakup of DeYarmond Edison, Porterfield worked on his own project, Conrad Plymouth, then eventually changed focus to work on the band Field Report.
The band has received much praise. According to Billboard Magazine, "The Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris, and Aimee Mann each invited Field Report to open shows for them. The band's music is playing at Starbucks and garnering media accolades." The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "The buzz leading up to Field Report's self-titled debut album, out on Partisan Records Sept. 11 , has been louder than the music of this six-piece Milwaukee folk band, with Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork and Time already writing raves." Prior to the release of the band's second album, following a Daytrotter solo session with Porterfield, Sean Moeller wrote, "Marigolden is a triumph of a record, a true beauty that makes you believe in the regenerative spirit of all human beings."
On October 22, 2014, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett declared the day Field Report Day in Milwaukee, prior to a performance by the band that evening at the Pabst Theater.
Following a show in Denver, Annie Zdrojewski wrote "Porterfield’s lyrics turn what may initially sound like singer-songwriter-y indie folk of the replicable variety into something more: a confession of sorts, with visible cracks in the armor that you can feel because Porterfield writes them so achingly well."
Paste Magazine's Eric Swedlund described the lyrics from Field Reports self-titled album as "imaginative, detailed and highly literate, creating character-driven songs, sketches that reinforce their narratives with imagery that coalesces into a remarkable sense of place."
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put the song "Home (Leave the Lights On)" as the top song from Milwaukee in 2014.
Porterfield has said, “For me, songwriting all starts with the words. I’m very lyrically driven.” He often uses metaphors and historical references to paint a picture or inspire a certain feeling with his lyrics. He has said he was influenced by other artists known primarily for their descriptive and poetic lyrics, including Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. For Field Report's second album, he created the word "Marigolden" to serve as the name of the seventh track and album. The word is a combination of marigold, indicating the effort needed to maintain the status quo, and golden, suggesting a desired status.Christopher Porterfield: Lead vocals, guitar
Shane Leonard: Drums, Fiddle, Banjo, Backing Vocals
Thomas Wincek: Guitar, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Barry Clark: Bass
Nick Berg: Keyboards, backing vocals
Damian Strigens: Drums
Jeff Mitchell: Baritone guitar, backing vocals
Ben Lester: Pedal steel guitar
Travis Whitty: Bass guitar, backing vocals
- "Fergus Falls" - 5:03
- "The Year Of The Get You Alone" - 5:12
- "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" - 3:28
- "Taking Alcatraz" - 5:23
- "Incommunicado" - 3:21
- "Circle Drive" - 3:35
- "Chico the American" - 5:50
- "Evergreen" - 3:14
- "Captain Video" - 3:34
- "Route 18" - 5:46
- "Decision Day" - 4:32
- "Home (Leave the Lights On) - 3:41
- "Pale Rider" - 5:01
- "Cups and Cups" - 4:21
- "Ambrosia" - 4:46
- "Wings" - 4:32
- "Marigolden" - 4:19
- "Michelle" - 5:14
- "Summons" - 4:51
- "Enchantment" - 5:01
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