From Here We Go Sublime

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From Here We Go Sublime
Studio album by The Field
Released April 2007
Length 65:45
Label Kompakt
The Field chronology
From Here We Go Sublime
Yesterday and Today

From Here We Go Sublime is the highly acclaimed debut album from Axel Willner under his alias as The Field. Produced by Willner, it was released on Kompakt in March 2007 and April 2007 in the United States.


The album mostly consists of tracks recorded between 2004 and 2006. There are some tracks recorded before this period, including one recorded under another alias. The album includes many sample manipulations of material by artists including Kate Bush, the Four Tops, The Flamingos and Lionel Richie.[1]

Style and themes[edit]

Despite From Here We Go Sublime being released on the Kompakt label which is known more for its German techno, the album's sound has been described as "less techno than it is trance".[2] Jess Harvell of Pitchfork Media also noted the style's similarity due to an "anthemic bigness to Willner's little sounds, a certain shameless bombastic quality to the way he deploys his loops and builds his arpeggio" and the "elementary drum tracks, often just a deflated machine thump flecked with hi-hat hiss".[3]

The themes of the music on From Here We Go Sublime has been noted for its "unabashed emotionalism" with songs suggesting "bliss", "melancholy" and "loss".[4] From Here We Go Sublime's song titles have been described as vague, and with no intelligible lyrics with the sampled vocals which have been edited and chopped up.[2][4] Willner isn't a fan of lyrics and chose to use the vocals as an instrument instead of a voice, as "it gives (the music) a special feeling."[1]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Collective 5/5 stars[5]
Dusted Magazine (favorable)[4]
NME (8/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (9.0/10)[3]
PopMatters (8/10)[7]
Stylus Magazine (A)[8]
The Phoenix 3.5/4 stars[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[10]
The Village Voice (favorable)[11]

From Here We Go Sublime was released on compact disc and vinyl record by Kompakt records.[2][12] The album failed to chart in the United States, but was released to great critical acclaim from various publications, and was the best-received album of 2007 on the music critic aggregators site Metacritic.[13] Willner was surprised by the positive reception of the album, stating that "Since it is a bit different than (most) other techno, I thought that people wouldn’t like it."[1] It was named the 29th best album of the decade by Resident Advisor.[14]It was named best album of the 00's by Jeff Hans.[15]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Over the Ice" – 6:56
  2. "A Paw in My Face" – 5:24
  3. "Good Things End" – 6:08
  4. "The Little Heart Beats So Fast" – 5:25
  5. "Everday" – 6:59
  6. "Silent" – 7:35
  7. "The Deal" – 10:03
  8. "Sun & Ice" – 6:34
  9. "Mobilia" – 6:28
  10. "From Here We Go Sublime" – 4:09


  1. ^ a b c "The Field - Interview - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. 27 April 2007. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "From Here We Go Sublime > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "From Here We Go Sublime : Pitchfork". Pitchfork Media. March 26, 2007. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c "Dusted Reviews: The Field". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 8 December 2008. 
  5. ^ "BBC - collective - the field 'from here we go sublime' album review plus full tracks". BBC Collective. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews - The Field - NME.COM". NME. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "The Field: From Here We Go Sublime < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Field - From Here We Go Sublime - Review - Stylus Magazine". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  9. ^ "The Field - CD Reviews". The Phoenix. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  10. ^ "The Field - From Here We Go Sublime". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  11. ^[dead link]
  12. ^ "Kompakt Official Site (search The Field)". Kompakt. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "Metacritic: Best albums of 2007". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 December 2008. 
  14. ^ "Top 100 albums of the '00s". Resident Advisor. January 25, 2010. Retrieved March 19, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Critic Reviews for From Here We Go Sublime". Metacritic. Retrieved January 27, 2015. 

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