School of Language - 45 LPMemphis Industries
School of Language is David Brewis, who also makes music with his brother Peter as Field Music. This is the third School of Language album, following on from Sea From Shore in 2008 and Old Fears in 2014. This is an album about Donald Trump - his dubious rise in politics, his capricious behaviour while in office and the motley cast of characters he has surrounded himself with. Its not exactly a protest record, though it is shot through with anger. Its definitely not a joke, though some of it is darkly funny. It is a tragedy and it is a farce. The songs are sung from different points of view, almost as if its a Donald Trump funk musical. One advisor sells Trump on the idea of a border wall. Another one feels he cant quit because of the chaos that might follow. Rex Tillerson fumes at his plummeting status. Psychiatrists fret about the Presidents mental stability. Hillary Clinton laments her loss. Trump himself brags and equivocates in his own unique, blustering style. 45 was written and recorded in a little less than two months during gaps in the schedule at Field Musics studio in Sunderland. It was inspired by Bob Woodwards book Fear, articles in the Washington Post, The New Yorker and The New York Times and by Nate Silvers FiveThirtyEight. It was also inspired by James Brown, Sly and the Family Stone, The Meters, Otis Redding and Free.