Feldiken - Common Splendor
Common Splendor is one of those feel-good EPs positively designed for summer consumption. Each song is bright and sunny, bearing a stylistic disposition on par to something along the lines of The Byrds by way of They Might Be Giants.
People may be quick to pass Common Splendor off as sugary tripe by an artist who sees the world through rose-tinted glasses, but they would be missing the point. There is a wholesome honesty to the youthful exuberance Feldiken portrays. He focuses on looking at the bright side of bad situations, picking yourself up after being beaten down, and pushing forward through adversity. And for that, he should be commended, because everything can't be about "bitches and money." I wouldn't be surprised if Feldiken found himself on a Disney soundtrack at some point in time, for his songwriting style perfectly complements Randy Newman's diabetes-inducing flavor.
Despite his Beach Boys-esque "fun-in-the-sun" demeanor, Feldiken does manage to toss in some musical surprises. "Together in This Groove," for example exudes post-modern Ok Go quirkiness. Common Splendor is certainly a CD you need to have around whenever you need a quick pick-me-up. Besides, how can anyone hate a band that makes purposeful use of a trombone?
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