Feldiken is a working class guy who put off realizing dreams of making a CD for quite some time, now resolving the abeyance in Small Songs About Us, wherein he plays guitar, keyboards, bass, accordion, and sings. The result is a porridge of soft rock, folk, zydeco, and other styles in everyday tales about normal workaday lives. His approach and voice take on aspects of David Wilcox and James Taylor though his singing isn't nearly as polished and becomes monotonic after a while (flatting out here and there when reaching the limits of his range). The music itself, however, is catchy and spirited, his Wilcox side coming out most strongly there.
There's a rock flipside that emerges in This Bridge Won't Burn and elsewhere, showing Feldiken not to be a sonic provincialist. The entire recording is basically a good bedroom effort, but I have to say that the cover art's terrible, not at all indicative of the vibe of his work, baffling in its choice. On the other hand, several songs incorporate clever small devices (Not Like Clockwork, my favorite track, an XTC-esque mellow rocker) and demonstrate that the composer's mind is quite capable of nuance and melodic counter-structure. Still, put it all together, and you get a mixed bag in a CD where the composer is engaged in still refining his hand.
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