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Human Graffiti (2014)
by THE FELDONS
Recorded in 2013 and 2014 in Canberra and mastered in Nashville, Human Graffiti consists of thirteen of original mod and powerpop songs tinged with a touch of 1960s/ 70s blues and punk.
Goody Hallett CD (2012)
Let the Feldons take you on a journey. A journey into the past where witches sold their souls to the devil and in time became sirens luring innocent sailors to their deaths on the ragged rocks of the Massachusetts shoreline. This is the story of Goody Hallett, the sea witch of the early 1700s. But this is not the only story as the Feldons take you on a trip of love, confusion, anticipation, rejection and wonder with songs such as Stuck to the Ground, a whimsical questioning of life in general, Staring at the Sky, a more grungy pining for a love that can never be, See the Sun, about the searching and finding of love and Lantana castle, a whimsical look into the memories of a carefree childhood. London Town is a more hard edged 70s styled number, about almost forgotten childhood memories but with a twist while Shadow, a song of regret, reminds the listener of heavy 70s American blues. Following this, Love is a dark 60s psychedelic piece of work with a chorus diametrically opposed to the disturbed lyrics of the verse. Price of Admission is a throw back to the days of English punk with clever but satirical lyrics that examine and criticise the cult of evangelical Christianity while Story of My Life is a simple slow rocker that could have come straight from Abbey Road studios in the 60s while Hole in the Sky is a blues number that reminds the listener of early Howling Wolf with it’s punchy guitars and driving rhythm. Someone is another Beatles styled number with introspective overtones that question life and love and where we are going while Win One Time is a jaunty little number in the tradition of Ray Davies that recalls depressed English city dwelling in the 1960s and hints at emigration away from the cold and grime. Goody Hallett and Other Stories is an album of delights, one you will never regret buying or listening to. It is an album that will transcend time itself.
A Cabinet of Human Oddities CD (2008)
A Cabinet of Human Oddities is exactly that. The Feldons debut CD is full of strange and wondrous offerings from quirky jazz to hard driving electric blues rhythms.
Songwriters Mark Hunstone and James Montgomery have created an album of exquisite diversity and with the backing of drummer Nick Giles, deliver a pleasing and eclectic mix of pop, blues and indy with influences that hark back from the 1920s to the modern day. Hunstone's marvellous lyrical ability is highlighted in his songs as much as is his mastery of the guitar, and Montgomery's undoubted ability to combine various melodies and tunes into complete songs is plainly evident.
After a strange circus inspired prelude, Oddities blasts the listener with the pumping and raucous rocker Down on Love before falling back to the thought provoking lyrics and guitar of Fermi's Pile, an intellectual track about the invention of the atomic bomb. Following this exceptional piece is Bonehouse, this time hard driven electric blues with pumping bass lines, screaming guitars and pounding rhythms.
As quickly as the blues fade the listener is surprised by the humorous rockabilly piece My Wandering Mind, complete with a fake double bass sound made available through a little studio trickery by the lads.
Following this the album again launches into electric blues, this time the faster and more urgent Empty Public Houses in which social commentary comes to the fore in lyrics about everyday observations.
As the raw and exciting wildness of EPH fades, the listener is suddenly transported to another world, one of regret and misgivings as the lyrics and guitar bring Loose Ends forward as a stand out country blues style track, the plaintive guitar and piano in the fade out enhancing the feel of despair and the inevitability.
Following this, The Feldons serve up the superbly dynamic Salvation Jane, complete with soaring harmonies, rifle shot snare rolls and driving guitars.
The interesting country pop song Stone follows before the screech of seagulls heralds the multi layered Westminster with its ominous instrumental interludes separating dark and strangely disturbing lyrics.
Trailing this piece is another masterclass in word smithing with Unintelligent Design, complete with a horn section fade out, punchy drum loops and joyous lead guitar.
After such a fade out, the listener is gently introduced to the piece Leanne, a piano driven tune with joyously happy music, including a French horn lead, but a sadder, more lonely lyric.
Following is the ear splitting What Lies Beneath, a classic blend of driving blues, terrified guitars and pounding drums and bass that transport the listener into the studio where one can feel the pain and brewing anger.
And then, after the turmoil and destruction of the previous track, the listener is pleasantly surprised by the quirky, slightly silly, but eminently smile provoking Reason for Living as The Feldons take one back to a different world where the sun shines eternally and living is easy.
And so this is The Feldons A Cabinet of Human Oddities - a rare gem in a sea of plain and unimaginative modern music where conforming to the norm seems to mean more than individuality. Take the time to listen, music is again how it should be.
Goody Hallett and Other Stories
by THE FELDONS
A Cabinet of Human Oddities (2008) also available for dowload from CD Baby