Field Medic - Pegasusthotz
Record Label: Sunroom Records and Salon
Release Date: June 24th
Field Medic, the solo project from Kevin Sullivan of San Francisco’s Rin Tin Tiger, recently released their five song EP uniquely labeled Pegasusthotz. Bringing to the table five songs of emotional folk musings, in sound Field Medic is similar to Rin Tin Tiger’s upbeat indie folk jamborees. In style, however, this is a much more relaxed effort. Personal and touching, abstract and uniquely quirky at times, Pegasusthotz reveals the other side of the Rin Tin Tiger front-man’s mind.
Pegasus-thoughts, is the correct pronunciation of the release for those wondering. Pegasus is the Greek mythological winged horse, one who carries the hero to greatness. It is explained in the title track of the EP, a short tune clocking in at just under the two minute mark. It is a canvas of quickly and beautifully strummed acoustic guitar melodies backed by a breathing and pulsating drum machine, which shoots life into the complacent, yet finicky voice of Sullivan’s guitar. His actual voice says much more: “No needs, no wants/just thinking Pegasus thoughts.” It's a chorus that sums up the individualistic and daring message of the tune: breaking out of a relationship that you have found comfort in. Sullivan muses of living life by your own terms, yet saying "no needs, no wants" seems contradictory. Perhaps he is explaining the great phenomenon in life that carries us to our goals without even realizing it.
The rest of the EP offers much more straightforward tales. The opening track “Gypsy Dead Girl,” describes a beautiful young woman desired by many, including Sullivan himself and the pain he feels in the process. A slower track, full of harmonica overlays and your basic up and down folk strumming, it is something much similar to Rin Tin’s usual material. “A Pikture Of U” clicks and clacks along, drum machine bouncing out into space, as Sullivan’s acoustic guitar dances around and twangs around the gangling atmosphere. A joyous song that celebrates life, it embraces love and adventure. Sullivan’s voice is encapsulating and direct, everything that he is known to be.
Pegasusthotz careens between the borders of being a folk or indie release. Bringing to mind the slower aspects of Animal Collective at times, while giving the warmth of classic Rin Tin folk. The feelings of being inside on a cold winters day next to the fire place are natural here. It is the record to put on curled up with the one you love, celebrating all your faults and successes. Be on the lookout for this release through Sunroom Records and Salon on June 24th.