The Fair State is a sonic meditation on the State of Indiana on its 200th birthday.
This new album by the ever-changing FIELD WORKS collective is both a celebratory and cautionary tale about Indiana. Inspired by Stuart Hyatt’s audio field recordings made during the Indiana State Fair, the album captures the complexity of a place as it wrestles with the 21st Century.
Minimalism meets space pop ambience to provide a soundtrack to the Bicentennial. Spare arrangements for piano, cello, harp, and bass are anchored by the layered textures of Hyatt’s field recordings. Listeners will hear hundreds of interwoven sounds, including machinery, livestock, children playing, the voices of Indiana politicians, protesters, and even a rare recording of Eugene Debs.
Hyatt worked with Nathaniel Russell to reimagine the Seal of the State of Indiana. Signed prints of Russell’s illustration accompany each vinyl record.