About The Far Field

The band may be called The Far Field, but their music celebrates and mourns the things closest to us. The music derives from the natural imagery of actual fields as well as the as the metaphorical planes where we ponder love and death and sex and politics. The Far Field, formed in 2014 by Jon Borcherding, is a band dedicated to connecting.

Borcherding’s songwriting, intimate yet expansive, is where the connections begin. It doesn’t hurt that Borcherding seems to have an endless supply of talented musicians. A member since 2014,Ted LeCompte’s deft keyboard adds presence to the songs. A host of other local talents have passed through the band which now includes permanent members Rachael Shaman on fiddle, vocals and mandolin along with Rachael Love-Saylors on vocals.

Borcherding is not only a consummate musician but a voracious one. His prior bands have covered a wide terrain of genres, both in the US and Norway, where Borcherding lived for sixteen years. He actively toured Scandinavia and released music there before returning to the States in 1999. Regardless if Borcherding is playing cowpunk, new wave or folk music, songwriting is the common bond. On The Far Field, Jon thoughtfully composed lyrics that contain multiple layers, so people can get as deep as they like. “I think these are good songs because they contain very personal and real emotions and situations that most people can relate to. The use of images provides an easily recognizable surface story, but there are often trap doors and double bottoms that open up after repeated spins.”

Take the album opener from their self-titled debut, “Roses for You.” The song is a gorgeous ballad, painted lightly with minimalist piano chords and winsome harmonica. Borcherding sings about being in a beautiful natural tableau of water and greenery (well, and bulldozers) while contemplating romantic relationships. “’Roses for You’” explores the dynamic that exists between exclusive relationships and broader, more inclusive forms of affection. The song employs images and metaphor from nature to “show” the listener a juxtaposition of images, e.g.: ‘Camas on the prairie / Scotch broom on the hill.’ This is a very deliberate pairing of two symbolic plants.

Like “Roses for You,” “Two Tavern Town” has several layers of meaning. Borcherding wrote it as a portrait of the two-party political system in the US. “I think most listeners believe it’s about life in a small town. I’m ok with that.” Jon nails the details of the particular hopelessness he describes: “There’s just two kinds of beer / it don’t take long to figure it out / The kind that you drink and the kind that you pour in your mouth.”

Jon Borcherding gives life to music, to the crafting of songs with secret passageways and carefully chosen, natural imagery. He has a knack for assembling an inspired cast of musicians who elevate each song. This is apparent on The Far Field’s debut but especially in their intimate live performances. “We play two to four shows per month in Washington and Oregon: bars, coffee houses, wineries, house shows and other private events. We prefer a more intimate setting with minimal amplification. I believe this allows us to channel the emotional power of the music more directly to the listener.”

Fortunately, you don’t have to be in the Pacific Northwest to feel the power of The Far Field—their music is not only universal, but also widely available. “Our album and our most recent single are available from iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and streaming on Spotify, Pandora and all the usual places. For more information, email thefarfieldmusic@gmail.com

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The Latest Release

Album: Little Poems
Artist: The Far Field
Category: Alternative Folk, Music, Singer/Songwriter, Country
Release Date: Mar 23, 2018
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The Far Field's Debut Album

Album: The Far Field
Artist: The Far Field
Category: Alternative Folk, Music, Singer/Songwriter, Country
Release Date: Jan 5, 2017
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Rachael Love-Saylors
Jon Borcherding
Ted LeCompte
Rachael Shaman

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  • When: Friday March 23rd
  • Time: 9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
  • Location: Rock The Dock Pub & Grill
  • 535 Dock St, Ste 118 Tacoma, Wa 98402
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The Far Field is a Tacoma WA based Folk-Rock band that grew out of a collaboration between singer/songwriter, Jon Borcherding and keyboard player Ted LeCompte. In it’s current form the band is a quartet including Rachael Shaman on fiddle and mandolin together with vocalist Rachael Love-Saylors.

The Far Field describes their music as “Post-modern Cosmic American Folk Rock”. Playing all original songs penned by Jon Borcherding, the band’s music and lyrics employ images and metaphor from the natural world to explore a wide range of topics with a mildly cynical wit that makes them both familiar and entertaining. Multiple layers of meaning reward the attentive listener and catchy choruses stick to the brain like lyrical glue.

The Far Fields’ eponymously titled debut album has received great reviews both in the USA and Norway where singer/songwriter Jon Borcherding lived and performed in the late 80s and 90s. The band is currently recording a new 5-song EP due to be released in March of 2018. Fans can expect new, original music, some of which will be recorded live, and maybe even a cover song! Stay tuned!

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