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Article written by
Adam W - Apr 15, 2007
Feldspar are a folk duo comprised of Will (acoustic guitar, singing) and Ben (acoustic guitar, piano, harmonies) who are from Leeds but are currently studying in Oxford and Manchester respectively. Clever boys they are – but not least in the way that they are effortlessly wise in their knowledge of how to craft beautiful, beautiful songs. It’s rare to get excited about a demo, but the songs contained here are of such a high quality, intricacy, melodic grace and tender expression that they immediately resonate. Beautifully picked guitars and prominent piano all merge to create a simple but heartwarming listen, worthy of being listed alongside other masters of the genre such as Kings of Convenience, Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens. The lyrics, as well as being passionately delivered, are poetically mature too with heartache (Tell Her, The Window) and politics (Bunch of Lunatics) being delivered very articulately whilst also leaving room for mythological imagery (Black Ribbon) and romantic poetry (Jenny’s Café). It is all wrapped up in a wonderfully English aura, as the songs conjour up images of rolling countryside and scarf-wearing students cycling to libraries on a warm summer’s morning.
It is very rare to find a band who are able to create a demo full of gorgeous melodies and poetic sentiments which is very artistically proficient. Feldspar are a very talented duo indeed and know exactly how to write and perform songs that work. Although, one element of caution here – Feldspar could either aspire to be the next Simon and Garfunkel or, given their ‘niceness’ and hinted-at production values, the next Keane. Let’s hope that upon graduation, they choose the right career path…