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Songs of the Feet

by The Third Space

Poppy melodies, jangly guitars, three-part harmonies and wry observational vignettes. Music for grown-ups with an indie pop sensibility. Witty, quirky, but accessible.
Genre: Pop: Jangle Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gardens
3:50 $0.49
2. Best Friend in the World
2:54 $0.49
3. Home
4:34 $0.49
4. Remember You
5:08 $0.49
5. Colours
5:31 $0.49
6. How the Other Half Live
4:19 $0.49
7. End of the Road
3:47 $0.49
8. En Famille
3:12 $0.49
9. Vicar On a Harley
3:15 $0.49
10. Far (From Where You Wanted to Be)
4:29 $0.49
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Album Notes
"Songs Of The Feet" is the debut album of Tunbridge Wells, UK, based indie band "The Third Space". Poppy melodies, jangly guitars, three-part harmonies and wry observational vignettes characterise the ten tracks here:

01) Gardens - an organ and guitar driven ditty exploring three gardens mentioned in the Bible: the Garden of Eden; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; and the Garden of Gethsemane.

02) Best Friend In The World - a quirky, riff and spoken-word celebration of the human spirit, chronicling the actions of a ballet dancer in St. Kilda, Melbourne, Australia, back in the mid 1990s, who, though dying of an AIDS-related illness, used to drive down to the Esplanade everyday and dance on the roof of his car in celebration of life.

03) Home - a straightforward rocker on the theme of alcoholism. The protagonist in the song comes to terms with the truth of his condition.

04) Remember You - a folk-rock song commemorating the short life of Third Space member Joe Farthing's great-uncle Sidney Whiles (1897-1915), who was tragically killed in WWI, at the Somme in April, 1915, aged just 18.

05) Colours - a jangly homage to Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh's relationship with his brother Theo.

06) How The Other Half Live - a bongos and riff-driven critique of the vacuity of celebrity culture.

07) End Of The Road - a straightforward, piano and acoustic guitar driven break-up ballad.

08) En Famille - tribute to Third Space member Hendrik Kleinsmiede's beloved American Aunt Annick, who passed away in March 2013. Secondary vocals supplied by Hendrik's daughter Anneka (age 12).

09) Vicar on a Harley - a brass-driven funk number that juxtaposes the hipness of pop culture with the relative drabness of ecumenical life.

10) Far (From Where You Wanted To Be) - a wistful and jangly rumination on the passage of time.



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Henri Petitfourgeron

Sound Debut
“Songs Of The Feet” is the debut album from Tunbridge Wells, UK, based indie band “The Third Space”.
The album comprises 10 songs of fluid, indie pop, characterised by jangly guitars, three-part harmonies and wry observational vignettes. It’s pop music by grown-ups, for grown-ups. Songs that tell stories.
Topics covered vary from the mundane and everyday (e.g. the piano and acoustic guitar driven “End Of The Road”, a simple break-up ballad) to more esoteric concerns: (e.g. the jangly “Colours” which celebrates in gorgeous three-part harmonies the relationship between Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and his art-dealer brother Theo.)
These songs apart, there are further very "The Third Space" themes: finitude; religion; politics and longing. In terms of the finitude, "Best Friend In The World" chronicles in part spoken word the real-life story of a ballet-dancer in Melbourne, Australia, in the 1990s, who, whilst dying of an AIDS-related illness, would drive down to the St. Kilda esplanade and dance on the roof of his car in sheer defiance of his fate to celebrate life. Then the gothic mournfulness of "En Famille" says goodbye to a favourite aunt who passed away.
An ecumenical theme can be found in brass-driven funk of "Vicar on a Harley", which appears to contrast the drabness of the church with the hipness of the movies and the upbeat rocker "Gardens", which surveys three gardens mentioned in the Bible (Eden; the Hanging Gardens of Baylon; and the garden of Gethsemene, where Judas Escariot betrayed Jesus).
The jangly “How The Other Half Live” is the most political of the songs here: a biting critique of the veneration of celebrity culture.
The title of the album "Songs Of The Feet" (surely pun on "Songs Of Defeat"?) suggest the theme of longing. In the rocker "Home", about an alcoholic finally admitting to his disease, the protagonist longs for redemption. And the album's closer "Far (From Where You Wanted To Be)" laments in gorgeous harmonies all that could have been...but never was. Plaintive and wistful, it's my favourite track on the album.
All in all, this is thinking person's pop. Thoroughly recommended. If you like your music thoughtful as well as tuneful, the Third Space is for you.

Chris Edwards

Great debut album
The Third Space are a UK based indie rock band, with ’Songs of the Feet’ marking their debut album. With their quirky lyrics and upbeat guitar riffs, they remind me of Billy Bragg and Wilco’s work together. It is so rare that a band is able to balance more upbeat, pop-style songs (such as ‘Gardens’ and ‘Vicar on a Harley’ with interesting views on love, religion and politics. The harmonies and fiddly guitar parts make this type of music enjoyable: fluidly combining anthemic riffs and funny lyrics to create a more pop-py, indie rock genre.

The slower, yet equally thought provoking ballads (e.g. ‘End of the Road’ and ‘En Familie’) each have their own powerful messages that they explore, ranging from the deaths of family members to First World War.

In their debut album, The Third Space beautifully balance quirky lyrics and interesting viewpoints with catchy guitar riffs, creating, in effect, the perfect indie rock/pop-py band for adults.


Original debut
Debut album from The Third Space, who are Hendrik (Henk) Kleinsmiede and Joe Farthing. Rich, mellow, lead vocals, jangly 60’s guitar harmonies and backing vocals, which feel like the songs are bathed in a balmy haze, combine seamlessly with folk rock melancholia. The Byrds meet Midlake.
Punctuated with the funky vitality of songs like “Vicar on a Harley” with its Ian Dury like keyboards. Tender and moving tributes to loved ones now gone, such as in “En Famille”, (which includes a beautifully fragile and haunting vocal contribution by Henk’s daughter) and “Remember You”, a song dedicated to Joe’s great-uncle who was killed at The Somme in WW1 aged only 18, give way to the raw rush of psychedelic guitar in Home thus expressing the release giving qualities of alcohol. .
Themes of Death, loss, illness and injustice intertwine effortlessly with celebrating the joy of life. “Best Friend in the World” is a track based on the true story of a dancer dying of AIDS yet despite this would dance daily on the roof of his car. “Gardens”, according to the album notes is “an organ and guitar driven ditty exploring three gardens mentioned in the bible”. One criticism here is that it is difficult to hear the vocals and so lyrics.
“How the Other Half Lives” is an indictment of celebrities and their shallow attempt to look like they give a shit about those less fortunate. Dreamy guitars and languid percussion are highly suggestive of the protagonist just floating past “slums and housing projects” which are “just a backdrop to” their “conceit”
A favourite track “Colours” is a homage to Vincent Van Gogh and his relationship with his brother Theo. Inspired lyrics questioning the reductivism of ordinary science where “the universe is but physics’, ‘particles’ are explained away and “colours are just colours”. The chorus line - “Your colours sing to me…” evokes the synesthetic qualities of Van Gogh’s paintings. In fact they take you to another realm - that of The Third Space….