There is little present on the introductory track of â€œSmall Songs About Usâ€ besides vocals, guitars, and drums. However, there is a fullness to the sound that issues forth that sticks with listeners long after the track ends. There is a decidedly lo-fi feel to this first track that will be eagerly snapped up by fans of sixties rock, indie rock and even those that still have Simon & Garfunkel albums in their apartment. â€œLiving Togetherâ€ has an equally fun polka veneer on it that brings Feldiken into the They Might Be Giants realm, albeit with a much more rich set of pipes on the vocals. By the time that â€œLiving Togetherâ€ picks up shop, listeners will have no idea where Feldiken will go with subsequent tracks on the album. That is a good thing, as few current albums really instill a sense of wonder in listeners.
â€œThis Bridge Wonâ€™t Burnâ€ is a much more stripped down type of composition when compared to the previous tracks on â€œSmall Songs About Usâ€. Where the same constellation of instruments are present on â€œThis Bridge Wonâ€™t Burnâ€ that are on â€œLike A Flowerâ€, the paths taken by each of the tracks are decidedly different. â€œRockinâ€™ All The Wayâ€ is similarly different from the bulk of tracks on â€œSmall Songs About Usâ€, in that the track has a very Cat Stevens type of sound to it. Where there is a New Orleans flair to the track in much the same way as â€œLiving Togetherâ€, Feldikenâ€™s differential approach during this track vis-Ã -vis the rest of the album ensures for a completely different experience.
Many artists that attempt to touch upon such a varied set of sounds and genres ultimately create music that is sub-par however one attempts to view it. However, Feldiken is able to create an album that is one of the better titles weâ€™ve gotten our hands on this year, and this is largely due to the sense of wonder crafted from â€œLike A Flowerâ€ all the way out to â€œLive With The Greyâ€.
Top Tracks: Like A Flower, When I Trust Myself
Feldiken â€“ Small Songs About Us / 2010 Self / 10 Tracks / http://www.myspace.com/feldiken