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The Field Yesterday and Today

Axel Willner faced daunting expectations when assembling Yesterday and Today, and while he continues to utilize the micro-sampling techniques and ’90s trance sound palette that made his debut such a triumph, this is no rehashed sequel. “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” is shoegazey version of the Korgis’ tune that Beck famously covered for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and “Yesterday & Today” is a collaboration with Battles’ drumming virtuoso John Stanier. These deviations aren’t the album’s strongest moments, but Willner isn’t afraid to stretch his legs creatively or stretch his songs to epic lengths—album closer “Sequenced” surpasses the 15-minute mark. Yesterday and Today may not be a classic, but it could certainly soundtrack a quality chill-out room.

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