It’s the last day of August.  Which can only mean one thing:-

mp3: The Field Mice – September’s Not So Far Away

Released on 7″ vinyl by Sarah Records (SARAH 44) this was one of The Field Mice‘s final singles prior to them breaking up at the tail end of 1991.   It is a very fine example of indie-twee pop with all sorts of things to tick off the checklist…..jangly guitars, a fragile and uneasy sounding lead vocal delivery, an angelic sounding female backing vocal, a lyric about the end of a relationship, and a tune which invites the dance floor at the indie disco to be filled to its tiny capacity.

As I’ve said before, I was very late to The Field Mice, but then again I didn’t do well in terms of really keeping up with what was happening in indie music outside my immediate environs in the late 80s/early 90s.  It has, however, been a bit of a blast making so many discoveries in subsequent years, with my education on the band really only becoming more or less complete when I picked up in 2007, a decade after it was actually issued, the 2xCD 36-track compilation Where Did You Learn To Kiss That Way?

The b-side to the single can also be found on the compilation:-

mp3: The Field Mice – Between Hello and Goodbye

It’s indie-ballad time, led for the most part by an acoustic guitar and melodies. It’s a short tune, not much over two minutes in length, and so I’m certain must have found its way onto many a mixtape back in the day – particularly if the artefact was being curated/compiled by someone with a sensitive nature, as well as good taste.



  1. Used to have a Field Mice compilation, but I left it on a windowsill and it must have been carried away by a light breeze, floating away over the meadows . . . OK, I’ll admit I love the St Etienne cover of Let’s Kiss And Make Up.

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