Small Feet From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The OceanControl Freak Kitten Records
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Ged M - Sep 16, 2015
Recorded in a log cabin on a small island off central Stockholm, Small Feet’s debut album of Americana is remarkable principally for Simon Stålhamre’s voice – a powerful falsetto that cuts through the dense textures laid down by American ex-pat Jacob Snavely (bass) and drummer Christopher Cantillo. There’s a strong Neil Young influence and a little of Woods’ pastoral musings in the Small Feet sound (Stålhamre himself sounds a lot like Jeremy Earl).
Stålhamre was a poor student in school and learned all his English from American shows on cable TV, seemingly picking up an apocalyptic vocabulary; ‘Gold’ has a certain melancholy that expands into a momentous epic, demanding: “just split the stone and hand me the gold” while he admits on 'Palm Trees' that “sometimes I worry about the future” and “the savages have won now” in a mournful Scott Walker-ish tone. It’s only the melodic pop-rock of ‘Backwards Falconer’ that breaks the “we’re all doomed” stylings of From Far Enough Away… and lightens the overall tone. The introspective, heartfelt Americana of their record, while not to everyone’s taste (especially Stålhamre’s voice) mark them out from a lot of their peers.