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Bright Green Field
Bright Green Field - Squid.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 May 2021
RecordedMarch – October 2020
StudioMr. Dan’s Studio (London)
ProducerDan Carey
Squid chronology
Town Centre
Bright Green Field
Singles from Bright Green Field
  1. Narrator
    Released: 27 January 2021[1]
  2. „Paddling„
    Released: 16 March 2021[2]
  3. „Pamphlets„
    Released: 27 April 2021[3]

Bright Green Field is the debut studio album by British band Squid. The album was released on 7 May 2021 through Warp Records.

Background and recording

Recorded throughout 2020, the album was produced by Dan Carey, who had been associated with many of the band’s affiliated acts, including Black Midi, Fontaines D.C., and Black Country, New Road.[4]

In an interview with Exclaim!, frontman Ollie Judge stated that the record’s tracks „illustrate the places, events, and architecture that exist within (the album). Previous releases were playful and concerned with characters, whereas this album is darker and more concerned with the place — the emotional depth of the music has deepened.“[5]

Release and promotion


The band signed with Warp Records in March 2020 and, later that spring, released two standalone singles with the label, „Sludge“ and „Broadcaster“. In January 2021 the lead single off the album, „Narrator“, was released, which corresponded with the album’s announcement. According to the band, there was an extensive list of recordings undertaken for the production and mastering of the album, including a 30-person choir, a horn and string ensemble, and field recordings of bees.[5]

Music videos

On 27 January 2021, the corresponding music video for the lead single „Narrator“ was released. The music video was directed by Felix Geen and features the band playing in a broken 3D-rendered space. Geen said that he „wanted to make a video about the virtual creation process. For example, showing the components and processes behind virtual environment construction and looking closely at those small rocks, pieces of terrain and chunks of regolith that slot together to build something bigger. I often think this ‚behind the digital curtain‘ part of 3D design looks more interesting than the final finished product since it conveys a process and an authorship“.[6] On 18 May 2021, a music video for the album’s third single, „Pamphlets“, was premiered and released on the band’s YouTube channel. It was created and directed by Raman Djafari, while Barney Abrahams did the rigging and character animation. Of the video, the band stated that „when planning the music videos for the album, we wanted to make sure we covered a few different mediums, so we’re super happy to have a freaky animation crossed off the list.“[7]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Independent[14]
The Line of Best Fit10/10[15]
The Skinny[19]

Bright Green Field received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received a weighted average score of 89, based on 19 reviews, indicating „universal acclaim“.[8]

NME gave the album a perfect-score rave review, with Will Richards calling it „[a]n uncompromising debut that fulfils every ounce of the band’s potential“. He wrote that „(across) the album, which tops 50-minutes in length, the band veer between genres, styles and moods with abandon, mirroring the frightening, ever-changing political and cultural landscape it was created in.“[16] In another perfect-score review, Alice Jenner of The Line of Best Fit hailed the album as „a debut for the ages“ and praised its „perfect blend of calm and chaos [...] they stitch together moments of quintessential jazz and soul harmony with cacophonous punk impulse.“[15]

US publications like Paste found that the band’s „utter disregard for rock convention elevates Bright Green Field’s paranoid, vaguely dystopian universe“.[17] Timothy Monger of AllMusic called the „much-anticipated debut album“ an „energetic shouting match of vivid new wave, Krautrock, and post-punk influences“. He went on to note that „[i]n some ways, their debut carries the absurdist lineage [of] ‚Houseplants‘ and ‚The Cleaner‘, two of the Squid’s [sic] best-known singles, though it’s also clearly its own monster. Like an avalanche gathering up everything in its path, Squid seem to thrive on evolution and an inherent sense of danger.“ He concluded that as „(truly) a band for the times, Squid feels like a wild jumble of thoughts come to life, effusing anger, confusion, humor, detachment, and even joyfulness in their pursuit of true creative freedom.“[10] Meanwhile, Mojos Andrew Perry called the album a „thrilling post-punk/Krautrock collision“, also directing praise toward Carey’s production and Judge’s vocals.[20]

A mixed review came from The Skinny whose Tony Inglis called the group „the guitar boys‘ buzz band of the moment“. He noted that the album „follows in the footsteps of their best track The Cleaner – supercharging the banal and mundane with vigour and purpose – it rips, mixing genres like straight-ahead indie-rock with funk and jazz, and exploring ambient and textural backdrops which make their now-home Warp apt.“[19] Writing for The Observer, Emily Mackay was also critical of the album, claiming that „Nothing here is truly experimental or innovative – it’s more the kind of music that gets labelled as such because of the influences it shows.“[21]


Bright Green Field on year-end lists
Top 10 Albums of the Year 2021
Far Out Magazine
The five best post-punk albums of 2021
Les InrockuptiblesCarole Boinet’s Top 10 Albums of 2021
Théo Dubreuil’s Top 10 Albums of 2021
NRC HandelsbladJan Vollaard’s best music of 2021
The 50 Best Albums of 2021
Rough Trade
Albums of the Year 2021

Track listing

Bright Green Field track listing
1.„Resolution Square“0:40
3.Narrator(featuring Martha Skye Murphy)8:28
4.„Boy Racers“7:34
6.„Documentary Filmmaker“4:55
8.„The Flyover“1:10
9.„Peel St.“4:52
10.„Global Groove“5:06
Total length:54:41
Japanese edition (bonus tracks)[28]


  • Ollie Judge – lead vocals, drums
  • Louis Borlase – guitar, bass guitar, vocals
  • Arthur Leadbetter – keyboards, strings, percussion
  • Laurie Nankivell – bass guitar, brass, percussion
  • Anton Pearson – guitar, bass, vocals, percussion


Chart performance for Bright Green Field
Chart (2021)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29]31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30]153
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[31]80
Irish Albums (IRMA)[32]93
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33]5
UK Albums (OCC)[34]4
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[35]1


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  2. ^ Skinner, Tom (16 March 2021). „Listen to Squid’s hypnotic new single ‚Paddling‘ . NME. BandLab Technologies. Retrieved 16 March 2021.
  3. ^ „Squid - Pamphlets (Official Audio)“ – via www.youtube.com.
  4. ^ Enis, Eli (27 January 2021). „Squid Announce Debut Album Bright Green Field, Share New Song „Narrator“: Stream“. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Gregory, Allie (27 January 2021). „Squid Detail Debut Album ‚Bright Green Field‘ . Exclaim!. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  6. ^ „Squid announce debut album ‚Bright Green Field‘ out 7th May via Warp Records“. V2 Records. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
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  9. ^ „Bright Green Field by Squid reviews | Any Decent Music“. AnyDecentMusic?.
  10. ^ a b „Bright Green Field - Squid | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic“ – via www.allmusic.com.
  11. ^ „Squid - Bright Green Field“. Clash Magazine.
  12. ^ „Squid Forge an Optimistic Path for Post-Punk’s Future on ‚Bright Green Field‘ . Exclaim!.
  13. ^ „Album Review: Squid - Bright Green Field | Gigwise“. Gigwise.
  14. ^ „Album reviews: Squid – Bright Green Field and Van Morrison“. The Independent. 6 May 2021.
  15. ^ a b „Embodying our ever-changing world, Squid’s Bright Green Field is a perfect blend of calm and chaos“. The Line of Best Fit.
  16. ^ a b „Squid – ‚Bright Green Field‘ review: a dazzling debut of wild experimentation“. NME. 5 May 2021.
  17. ^ a b „Squid’s Paranoia Is Palpable On the Chaotic but Refined Bright Green Field“. Paste. 7 May 2021.
  18. ^ Bloom, Madison. „Squid: Bright Green Field“. Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  19. ^ a b „Squid - Bright Green Field album review - The Skinny“. The Skinny.
  20. ^ Perry, Andrew (June 2021). „Alternative tentacles (Squid - Bright Green Field)“. Mojo. p. 86. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  21. ^ „Squid: Bright Green Field review: exhilarating punk-funk kraurock debut“. The Observer. 26 May 2021.
  22. ^ „Top 10 Albums of the Year 2021“. Bleep. 17 November 2021. Archived from the original on 17 November 2021. Retrieved 24 December 2021.
  23. ^ Potter, Jordan (27 December 2021). „The five best post-punk albums of 2021“. Far Out Magazine. Archived from the original on 28 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  24. ^ „Découvrez le top 10 des albums de 2021 par nos critiques musiques“ [Discover the top 10 albums of 2021 by our music critics]. Les Inrockuptibles (in French). Paris. 28 December 2021. Archived from the original on 29 December 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  25. ^ Vollaard, Jan (29 December 2021). „De beste popmuziek van 2021 volgens NRC-recensenten“ [The best popular music of 2021 according to NRC critics]. NRC Handelsblad (in Dutch). Amsterdam. Archived from the original on 29 December 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  26. ^ „The 50 Best Albums of 2021“. Paste. 29 November 2021. Archived from the original on 29 November 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2021.
  27. ^ „Albums of the Year 2021“. Rough Trade (UK). November 2021. Retrieved 7 December 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ „BEATINK.COMBright Green Field“. Beatink.com. Retrieved 30 August 2021.
  29. ^ „Ultratop.be – Squid – Bright Green Field“ (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  30. ^ „Ultratop.be – Squid – Bright Green Field“ (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  31. ^ „Dutchcharts.nl – Squid – Bright Green Field“ (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  32. ^ „Irish Albums Chart: 14 May 2021“. Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  33. ^ „Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100“. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 May 2021.
  34. ^ „Official Albums Chart Top 100“. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 May 2021.
  35. ^ „Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50“. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 May 2021.


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Squid performing at Wide Awake Festival 2021.
Squid performing at Wide Awake Festival 2021.
Background information
OriginBrighton, England
Years active2016 (2016)–present
  • Ollie Judge
  • Louis Borlase
  • Arthur Leadbetter
  • Laurie Nankivell
  • Anton Pearson

Squid is an English post-punk band from Brighton, England.[1] Consisting of lead singer and drummer Ollie Judge, guitarists Louis Borlase and Anton Pearson, bassist Laurie Nankivell and keyboardist Arthur Leadbetter, they are currently based in Bristol.[2]

Squid released their debut EP Town Centre in 2019 on Speedy Wunderground[1][3] and have since released four singles on Warp Records.[4][5] Their debut album, Bright Green Field, was released by Warp Records on 7 May 2021.[6] It received widespread critical acclaim and debuted at No. 4 on the UK Albums Chart.


Squid formed in Brighton, England in 2017.[7] They have cited Neu! and This Heat as influences.[2] In 2019, they released their second EP, titled Town Centre, to critical acclaim.[1][3] Town Centre was produced by Dan Carey and released on Speedy Wunderground. In March 2020, Squid signed to Warp Records and have released five singles with them as of April 2021.[8] They were planning on touring Europe throughout 2020 before the COVID-19 pandemic.[4]

Taking advantage of lockdown, the band spend most of 2020 recording what would be their debut full length album, Bright Green Field, again working with producer Dan Carey. The album was released on 7 May 2021 and was promoted by three singles, „Narrator“, „Paddling“ and „Pamphlets“. It was well received by critics.


  • Ollie Judge – lead vocals, drums (2016–present)
  • Louis Borlase – guitar, bass guitar, vocals (2016–present)
  • Arthur Leadbetter – keyboards, strings, percussion (2016–present)
  • Laurie Nankivell – bass guitar, brass, percussion (2016–present)
  • Anton Pearson – guitar, bass, vocals, percussion (2016–present)


Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
UK Indie
Bright Green Field
  • Released: 7 May 2021
  • Label: Warp
„—“ denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays

  • LINO (2017, Bear on a Bicycle)
  • Town Centre (2019, Speedy Wunderground)
  • Natural Resources (2020, Warp)[13]


  • „Perfect Teeth“ (2016, self-released)
  • „Terrestrial Changeover Blues (2007–2012)“ (2018, Practise Music)
  • „The Dial“ (2018, Manata Ltd)
  • „Houseplants“ (2019, Practise Music)
  • „The Cleaner“ (2019, Speedy Wunderground)
  • „Match Bet“ (2019, Speedy Wunderground)
  • „Sludge“ (2020, Warp)
  • „Broadcaster“ (2020, Warp)
  • Narrator“ (2021, Warp)
  • „Paddling“ (2021, Warp)
  • „Pamphlets“ (2021, Warp)


  1. ^ a b c d „Squid: Town Centre Review“. Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. 9 September 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b „Squid to play work-in-progress new music on socially distanced UK tour“. NME. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  3. ^ a b „Squid – Town Centre“. AOTY. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ a b c „Squid Sign to Warp, Share New Song „Sludge“: Listen“. Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  5. ^ „Squid Unravel on New Single „Broadcaster“. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  6. ^ „Squid Announce Debut Album Bright Green Field, Share Video for New Song „Narrator“: Watch“. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 January 2021.
  7. ^ „Ones to watch: Squid“. The Guardian. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ „Squid Unravel on New Single „Broadcaster“. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  9. ^ „Official Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company“. www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  10. ^ „Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50 | Official Charts Company“. www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  11. ^ „Bright Green Field“, Wikipedia, 1 January 2022, retrieved 22 February 2022
  12. ^ „Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company“. www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  13. ^ „Squid release ‚Natural Resources‘ covers in aid of Bristol food bank“. NME. 11 August 2020. Retrieved 7 May 2021.

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