There are a number of attributes about Caracol’s “Flooded Field” capturing my attention. The fluid integration of disparate styles like electronic pop and reggae, her spot on vocals, evocative yet minimalist lyrics, and Detroit hip hop performer Illa J’s guest appearance are among them. Caracol draws upon a vast wealth of personal experiences to inform her art and it results in a rich and varied musical experience never resting for too long in one particular mold. Caracol has pursued her creative muse for a number of years now and shows no signs of slowing down – instead, she writes and performs with the same imagination that prompted her to chase her musical ambitions from a young age. “Flooded Field” is the sound of an artist nearing the peak of their powers.
It has an effervescent feel no matter what sound she adopts. The electronic and reggae influenced passages alike possess a glitter that isn’t the result of post production gloss or pandering to the lowest common denominator but, instead, results from the clarity of her songwriting ideas and the talent to realize those concepts. “Flooded Field” moves between distinct musical worlds blurring the arbitrary lines separating them and, instead, illustrates the common ground they share while also bringing them together in an unified sound and mood. There isn’t any single part of the track overstaying its welcome for listeners; instead, Caracol’s restless ear for enticing textures never loses its way nor her tastefulness.
I find the lyrics are suggestive without ever spelling things out for listeners. The object of the song’s affection sounds mired in some sort of dire straits or else is emotional unavailable for some reason and Caracol invokes her desire to assist and help with a poetic veneer that never tests listener’s patience. Lesser talents might have taken a more over-wrought approach, but not her. Instead, the same instinct for never placing a foot wrong with the song’s music sustains the lyric writing as well. Illa J’s lyrical additions never upset that balance.
The song’s video makes an for an excellent visual companion to the track and never comes off as overly stagy or pretentious. Much like the song itself, he video for “Flooded Field” has an inviting demeanor, though I cannot help but think Caracol might have missed an opportunity to shape it more along the lines of the song’s lyrical imagery rather than branching out away from those possibilities. It is successful nonetheless. “Flooded Field” is an excellent addition to Caracol’s recording career and likely one of the best tracks on her album Symbolism.