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Closer Look At Feldspar’s The Flat and Paper Sky

Feldspar on Selective Memory

Feldspar
The Flat and Paper Sky, Volume 1
(Independent)

Part one of a two-part release—both albums are to be released this autumm. Feldspar paints a lovely portrait of depth both in lyrical imagery and musical aptitude.

A delight for any folk fan, Feldspar The Flat and Paper Sky, Volume I presents a descending look into the dark foray of emotional baggage built up from inspiration of Edith Sitwell‘s book of poetry, Facade. Based on themes of lust, the concept of memory and how it haunts us, light and darkness, and social corruption, these are all tucked away inside a uniqueness filled with a creative passion to blend everything together.

“Cressida” is a fore lorn love you want to reach for. The cadence is a death march of leaves soaring to the ground. Poetic vigilance at its finest, the song is appropriate to be named after a Medieval and Renaissance character best known for the retellings of the story of the Trojan War. Lyrically moving, the song almost feels like an ode to Morrissey, ending in the false concept of love.

“Lady Danger” blows with the winds of ’80s college rock. A tinge of A House? The feelings of Lloyd Cole? The song has the delicacy of an Aztec Camera but the prowess of a Lou Reed.

The EP softens down into an intimacy that is almost chilling in beauty. “Let the Time Run” spins through acoustic monogamy pairing up Post War folk with futurist bedroom pop. “The Shadow” and “The Rest” round out the EP with even more tweed-covered prose.

This five-song EP is not nearly enough to give us the fulfillment that we need from this band. I feel Feldspar is important to the folk underground and will play its course in a victorious swoon.

Andrew Duncan
Dug out from a pile of zines and hot sauce, Andrew Duncan has contributed to many publications through the years, including Chord and work with the ever so spunky Readyset...Aesthetic! He now resides deep within your membrane.

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