From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean by Small Feet

Small Feet present their debut album, the thoughtfully titled From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean. What you’ll find here are vocally led songs with a strong sense of drama, Simon Stålhamre swooping in his voice in and out of the shuffling instrumentals. CD or LP on Control Freak Kitten.

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From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean by Small Feet
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6/10 Robin 19 August 2015

Small Feet do the bold fragile feelings thing well on ‘From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean’ (phew), a record produced to make the whole earth sound like one big encased dome. In actuality, the band only fall into the trap of heightened and faraway drama a la London Grammar occasionally; the rest of their time they’re making a type of frenzied folk rock that seems happy to take the piss of itself: the dozy gang whistles of “All And Everyone” seem to acknowledge the band’s rather pastoral sound and place it in a less self-serious place than the Mumfords of the world.

Simon Stalhamre’s vocal -- which sounds something like a more earnest take on the voice of dude from the Figurines -- cuts through the bold indie rock arrangements on this record, which have been toned to sound like the thick of winter. The guitars sparkle, the drums get brushed against like a foot to snow, but then Stalhamre cuts through with a frightened, wobbling voice. On “Lead Us Through The Night”, a clumsily strummed number rising on a wave of twang, he sounds like Colin Meloy and Chad VanGaalen -- both incredibly assured and more frightened than he’s ever been. His voice lends personality to a record that otherwise would serve as good indie rock muzak. Small Feet aren’t world-beating, but they provide a couple of notes for an old, rarely updated sound. Being heartfelt is a start.



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