Release Date: Aug 7, 2015
Record label: Barsuk
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Folk
As chance would have it, Swedish folk-rock-branded trio Small Feet recorded their debut LP mostly in an 18th century cabin on one of the islands within Stockholm -- not just an old cabin or an island, a cabin on an island. This practice is less remarkable in Sweden, where the government leases such facilities to artists expressly for this purpose, and it's not a new story, collectively, for introspective indie folk singer/songwriter types (with beards), but the method seems to have a good success rate, and it's produced winning results on From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean. At once immediate (like our ears are right there in the cabin) and hypnotic (pulling the listener on a dinghy of yearning across a canal of reverb), the album's potency is led by the band's singer and songwriter, Simon Stålhamre, who possesses a vocal delivery that will inevitably be compared by just about everyone to early Neil Young.
If you are looking for an album to listen to whilst watching the sunset in a forest (you too?) I think I have found you something that fits the bill. Small Feet’s hauntingly beautiful debut album captures listeners from the first note and will draw you into a trance before you can say “do you know what, this sounds a bit like the ocean”. From Far Enough Away Everything Sounds Like the Ocean is the debut album from the Swedish band and although arguably folk music, the style also includes an electronic feel with its dream-like atmosphere and soothing guitar.