Feldberg – Don’t Be A Stranger, album review

Feldberg’s debut album, Don’t Be A Stranger is available in the UK through Smalltown America
Feldberg’s debut album, Don’t Be A Stranger

The debut album Don’t Be A Stranger by Icelandic pop duo, Feldberg finally got a UK release in April, two years after its initial release in Iceland.  The album was preceded by two singles, Don’t Be a Stranger and Dreamin’.

Dreamin’ won Best Song at the 2010 Icelandic Music Awards and was selected by trendsetting French boutique label Kitsuné for its Maison 9 compilation, while the single, Don’t Be a Stranger spent four weeks in the Icelandic top 10.

Feldberg make beautiful, wonderful dream-happy music, best described as an electro acoustic folk-edged pop.  The music has echoes of sixties French pop and in parts resembles the less quirky side of Stereolab. Like a feel-good film they write songs that make me smile.  The songs sounded familiar with my first listen, though definitely not in a ‘heard it all before’ way, more in a perfect pop way that is given my instant approval.

Feldberg are Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld & Einar Tönsberg.  They were formed when songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Einar returned to Iceland from London looking for a female vocalist to record Running Around, a song he had written for an Icelandic advert.

“It was a lovely accident,” explains Einar. “I needed a vocal, somebody to do a female vocal. I called up my friends and they all said ‘You have to call Rosa.’ She was at my studio ten minutes later and she hasn’t left.”  Rósa adds: “It was really comfortable from the very beginning, like it was destiny. I felt like I should stay once I was there. It’s kind of like a relationship without the romance.”

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“We kind of decided not to analyse anything,” says Einar. “Our rule was just to do the first thing that came to mind. Keep it fun and simple. I guess we’ve both been in projects where we’ve over-analysed things and wanting to do the most special music in the world but now we just want to do what’s natural for us.”

Don’t Be A Stranger by Feldberg is one of the most complete debut albums I have heard for a long time.  I have been playing it constantly now for the past month, and it has already taken its rightful place in my best albums of 2011.

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Feldberg – Don’t Be A Stranger tracklisting:

1. In Your Arms
2. Farewell
3. Dreamin’
4. Running Around
5. House of Fun
6. Eleven
7. You & Me
8. Sleepy
9. Don’t Be A Stranger
10. Love Me Tomorrow

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Feldberg’s debut album, Don’t Be A Stranger is available in the UK through Smalltown America.

For more information visit www.myspace.com/feldbergmusic or www.facebook.com/feldbergmusic.

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