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

Small Feet - From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The OceanSmall Feet were humbly created in a modest Swedish 18th century cabin, dubbed Kvastis by band member Simon Stålhamre. The lead guitarist and singer contracted the name from its original, Kvastmakartrapan, which refers to the broom makers who once occupied said cabins. These cabins, owned by the government, are leased to artists in a typically Swedish gesture of social democracy, and Stålhamre’s uncle passed his contract on to his musical nephew. Stålhamre met bassist Jacob Snavely through mutual friends; he’s an ex-pat American musician who nudged Stålhamre towards focusing more time and energy into his music and songs. Together with Christopher Cantillo on drums, the trio became Small Feet, creating this album, From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean in Kvastis, their own meek studio.

The trio take from American influences, drawing comparisons to Neil Young, Chad VanGaalen and Scandinavian Woods. You could even go as far to say they draw from music extended to the American’s reach; a sound similar to the melodic pop-rock found in Ireland or bag pipes in Scotland.

"Gold" opens From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean, setting the scene and informing the listener of the impatience Stålhamre succumbed to while creating this album. It’s a warm introduction, inviting the listener in to find out whether this want for gold is met. "Rivers" offers further mention of a ghost, possibly relating to the history of Kvastis and the other cabins. The slow, distant, gloomy drum beat allows the mind to wander and imagine the broom makers chopping wood, with the wistful vocals flowing over these beats; you cannot help but find yourself mournful over times gone by, walking through shadows and grey clouds.

"All and Everyone" brings your imagination back into the modern day, wandering through the woods still with an upbeat melody, faster tempo and pleasing whistling. During "Palm Trees" Stålhamre sings, “Sometimes I worry about the future,” as though he’s taking you on a journey through his own imagination and fears. The entirety of the album rides on a sombre tone and longing for zest. "Here’s to Violence" rounds off the full length, allowing the listener to query the emotions pumped into this melodious outlet. “Slip me something ‘cause I cannot sleep, get me over with, set me free,” are not lyrics you’d expect from a musician singing fondly about his surroundings and upbringing, yet they open your mind and with the deep harmonious sighs in the background  - “God must’ve been on drugs” - seem even more powerful.

The melancholy tone seeps through each element of From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like The Ocean, so it's not the best if you’re feeling down, but great for seeking darker inspiration for creativity.

Release: 14th August 2015, Control Freak Kitten


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