Melbourne quartet Crayon Fields play intricate, atmospheric pop music recalling the minor key majesty and close-knit harmonies of 60s maestros the Zombies, the Byrds and the Beach Boys.
Formed as a scrappy high school trio in the early 2000s, Crayon Fields really arrived in 2006 with their unruffled and dreamy debut Animal Bells.
Built around band leader Geoffrey O’Connor’s gently sly vocals and ringing 12 string guitar, Animal Bells received lavish praise around the world, including Chapter's first ever Pitchfork review, and top spots in many Australian end of year polls.
Along the way, the band scored support slots for many a touring national and international band, including Stereolab, Cornelius, Peter Bjorn & John, the New Pornographers, Built To Spill, the Unicorns, Dirty Three, Electrelane, Deerhoof, Calvin Johnson, Kelly Stoltz and many more.
Recording began in 2008 on a follow-up album, the first product of which was the self-released Mirror Ball, a limited edition vinyl single that sold out almost immediately. This lead to a seven inch deal with UK imprint The Passport Label, who released Voice Of Paradise in 2009. To support the release, the band took off on a UK and European tour, reaching as far as Latvia and Estonia, including shows with Casiotone For The Painfully Alone and Love Is All.
Their eerie and hypnotic second album All the Pleasures Of the World took the band from well-loved wispy pop kids to something else – aloof, alluring, even sensual. “Sex has entered the room,” is how Australian music site Mess+Noise put it, while Pitchfork agreed that All The Pleasures “ditches the childishness of the debut...without losing sweetness or nuance.” The album was licensed by hip Japanese label Rallye, home to the likes of Au Revoir Simone and The Whitest Boy Alive.
Crayon Fields stepped up to festival band level in Australia, making a raft of appearances including Golden Plains, Sandcastles and the Big Day Out, as well as shows with Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Wild Beasts. The band also took off to the US for two tours in 2010, taking in SXSW and CMJ and playing shows with Best Coast, Wild Nothing, First Aid Kit, Lower Dens and more.
In 2011 Geoffrey O’Connor took time off from the band to release his celebrated solo album Vanity Is Forever, touring the US with Jens Lekman and playing shows at Sydney Opera House and the national Laneway Festival, among others.
The band are currently in semi-active studio mode, putting the finishing touches to their long-awaited third album, a mature, high-gloss version of Crayon Fields’ pop magic.