Felt: The World As Soft As Lace

August 7, 2009 § 3 Comments

 

One of very few Maurice Deebank photos

One of very few Maurice Deebank photos

 

I’m having one of those moments where my inferiority complex kicks in. I’ve been listening to “The World Is As Soft As Lace” by Felt over and over. While I know that everyone worships The Smiths’ Johnny Marr, I don’t know how Maurice Deebank of Felt could be so overlooked. Deebank’s contributions to early Felt songs is tremendous; his lines are so fluid, atmospheric, complex and catchy. Listening to this song now, it has become my mission in life to learn how to play it on guitar.

Often people think of shredders and the likes of Steve Vai and Joe Satriani when you mention “technique”, but I personally feel that technique and style together is far more valuable, which is something achieved by Deebank on the whole of 1984’s The Splendor Of Fear. It is truly hauntingly beautiful and just by listening, I would hazard to guess that it’s rather difficult to master. Technique in itself, for the sake of itself, is souless. Felt were such an underrated band when they existed, and are still in most circles quite unknown, unless you happen to be a diehard Belle & Sebastian fan and know that Stuart Murdoch was rather influenced by them.

The World As Soft As Lace

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