Little Wings’ Kyle Field Is Back With More Absurdist Folk With The Super Group Be Gulls

Managing Editor, Music
06.13.17

Kyle Field is the absurdist folk mastermind behind Little Wings, one of the most prolific and underrated folk musicians of our era. Field’s latest release, 2015’s Explains, was one of my personal favorite records of that year. I wrote about it for Stereogum when we premiered the record, and named it the third best folk album of 2015.

Field’s songwriting is marked by an ability to mix fast food junk wrappers with imagery of the sky, or his own head, and come out with something that feels like half poetry and half prophesy. I’d call him a post-capitalist folksinger, but that phrase is just wishful thinking at the bottom of it. If you need a place to begin, “Light Brang” is a great place to start.

Now, he’s returned with a super group project that originated as a comic band, and then transformed into a full-fledged project whose first album, Begin will be out June 24 on Death Records. Their first video release, for the song “Girls In High Heels Having Fun” is above.

Here’s his explanation of both the band and the video:

“Be Gulls were born in the fictitious lines of a Little Wings song over 13 years ago, a sketch comedy band of sorts that has evolved into a lifestyle brand and mostly hot air. In the new and first official Be Gulls video we find our two characters exploring the wilds of the west and reproducing the album cover in a pageant of the masters style. The song explains itself and is truly a song for the ages and for the spirit of women today everywhere. Respect.”

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