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Simon van Gend - Guest of My Feelings

2008-12-22 08:29
Guest of My Feelings
"Minor revelation" is a highlight, with Brendon Bussy's mandolin and Chris Letcher's piano beautifully supporting Van Gend's laconically painful voice and lyrics. "Crumble into me" could serve as a blueprint of Van Gend’s style: "You’ve got to spend time with your feelings… pain is the best of educations."

Unabashed nostalgia and soul-searching won’t be everyone’s cup of loose-leaf tea, but if it works for bands like Fokofpolisiekar, there’s no reason why it can’t work for an older market. But listening to this album, you get the feeling that a concept like 'the market' is not relevant. It’s a much more personal, heartfelt project than producing a product, and it’ll get many more fans for Van Gend’s sometimes lovely art.

Guest of my Feelings is a hidden gem of an album, one of those releases that repays attentive and intelligent listening. The musicians are all top notch, bringing an impressive array of talents to the task of expressing Simon van Gend’s introspective songs, and to adding a texture to the sometimes baldly personal bones.


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