“Songs Of The Feet” is the debut album from Tunbridge Wells, UK, based indie band “The Third Space”, comprising longstanding friends Hendrik “Henk” Kleinsmiede and Joe Farthing, supplemented by various friends and collaborators, including musician and engineer William Manwaring and producer Kevin Paul.
The album comprises10 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.
The songs cover a variety of topics, from the mundane and everyday (e.g. “End Of The Road”, a simple break-up ballad) to more esoteric concerns (e.g. “Colours”, about the relationship between Dutch impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh and his art-dealer brother Theo). In between, topics covered range from three gardens mentioned in the Bible (“Gardens”); to alcoholism (“Home”); to a critique of the veneration of celebrity culture (“How The Other Half Live”); to saying goodbye Henk’s favourite aunt who passed away in 2013 (“En Famille”).
As for the title… Henk had – by his own admission, rather ponderously, perhaps even pompously – been toying with the idea of calling it “Songs of Defeat”, given that he and Joe were in their forties and perhaps had not achieved everything in life they would have liked, as chronicled in the closing track “Far (from where you wanted to be)”.
Joe suggested “Songs of the Feet” as a light-hearted pun, but also in reference to dancing, given that music is supposed to make you dance! Joe and Henk both really liked the suggestion. So…the title of the first record was born!
Earlier incarnations of all these songs were all written a long time ago (just never recorded). Mostly when Henk was at University (1987-90) but one (“Best Friend”) also in the mid 1990s. The most recent song on the album is “En Famille”, which was written in remembrance (and in grieving) of Henk’s beloved Aunt Annick in March, 2013.
Only two of the songs survive in their original incarnation (“Gardens” and “En Famille”). All of the rest were touched up throughout 2013. In between these two dates (1990-2013), these two musical bookends, there was a lot of stuff – work; living abroad; marriage; kids; divorce – but not much in terms of songwriting!
That has now all changed.