Guitarist Chris Porterfield cut his teeth playing with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon in Wisconsin-based band DeYarmond Edison, a fact the music media won't let you forget any time soon. But the self-titled debut album from Porterfield's new project, Field Report, out last June via Partisan Records, showed that the musician could more than hold his own against his former bandmate, creatively speaking. There's a fair comparison to be made to Bon Iver's stark, folky first album; Field Report unfolds in a similarly deliberate way. But the strong-voiced Porterfield doesn't wallow in unspecific wintry gloom, preferring incisive, evocative snapshot-songwriting à la Califone or Wilco. Highly recommended.