This is Felts 1st album.Another 9 followed.The music on this, and it's follow-up "The Splendour of Fear" are probably two of my favourite UK releases of the early eighties. Heavily influenced by Television [ the name of the band was inspired by the use of the word "felt" in the song "Veus de Milo"]The guitar-work of Maurice Deebank, in particular,is lovely. His playing evokes a skeletal sounding, almost Shadowesque,quality.This coupled with the breathy, heavily mannered vocals of Lawrence gives the music a dreamy, mystical, almost raga-ish touch.It's a shame that the guitar used by Deebank on this recording was stolen by a mohican styled punk at one of their gigs! Prompting Lawrence to opinion "If I caught him, he'd be the last of the mohicans!" A volatile partnership, Deebank/Lawrence. Deebank left three times in as many years. But the fragile beauty of these early recordings remains. If you like lyrical,melodic,guitarwork this is for you!
The first two album's by Felt (originally released in 1982 and 1984 respectively) are icey and austere. Lawrence's vocals are low in the mix, swathed in interweaving semi-classical guitar patterns, and augmented by skeletal drum beats. Whilst not as obviously 'pop' as Felt's later releases on Creation these albums still contain some beautiful melodies, although you are unlikely to hear postmen whistling the tune from 'The Stagnent Pool'(track 11) unless they are very, very unhappy postmen. If you're still unsure whether to buy this CD remember that buying CDs for their titles alone is not necessarily a bad thing, and with Lawrence you are in the hands of the master of album titles.