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After two well-received albums, things looked pretty promising for the British chamber-pop trio Field Music. So it seemed especially curious when the band decided to take an extended hiatus after only three short years of existence. The answer to some of the questions surrounding the band’s untimely break may be found in David Brewis’ solo project, School of Language. The fact that Brewis plays almost every instrument on the debut album, Sea From Shore, may hint at some control issues. However, the work pleasantly diverges from Field Music’s oeuvre, including vocal loops of overenunciated vowels and samples harvested from mundane domestic items such as toolboxes. Sure, School of Language is a bit more cerebral and complex than the sunnier Field Music, but that’s to be expected when you leave a poindexter with a university math degree alone with some guitars and a laptop.
School of Language performs with Medications and Go Home Robot at 9 p.m. at DC9, 1940 9th St. NW. $10. (202) 483-5000.