Feldiken - Small Songs About Us
Small Songs About Us' is an album full of chirpy indie pop. But if you don't want the ending ruined, look away now - it's also intelligent, universal and personal all at once, and is based around human relationships, some romantic, some not, but all interesting. Oh, and it was debuted at Feldiken's wedding. Yes, his own wedding.
Now, needless to say I wasn't at his wedding - the ten-track compilation is now being more widely distributed by iTunes and I'm glad it is. It's a wonderfully bouncy and charming little collection - folky, nicely instrumented, very easy listening. 'This Bridge Won't Burn' is a lovely tuneful excursion - taking us through a basic but intimate story. Some of the simple-but-effective lyrics make you sit back in your chair and think "I've been there. I really have." It's not particularly different - standardly arranged, nicely produced and a little dance-y, and it almost makes me wonder what Feldikin could do with the vagaries of human emotion if he really, REALLY tried. All the same, it's a nice record.
That's the key to 'Small Songs About Us' - We've all been there and felt the things Feldiken describes. Instead of taking us through an imaginative, perfect or dysfunctional love story he simply takes us on a blow-by-blow account of our own lives, the daily bread of people-watching and human interaction. The record has two main facets - the first, obviously, being able to shove it on at a summer BBQ and have the guest think "Oh, this is nice" while sipping their drinks and drifting in and out of conversation. The other demands a lot more attention, but is just as valid - it can be a very psychological record. If ever something would stop you in your tracks and cause you to re-evaluate what you've just said to a friend or partner, or even a stranger, I'd like to think Feldiken would do it.
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