"They offer promises of things you can't have/So you go on whistling" is how James William Hindle opens up his latest offering on Badman Records. Always the gentleman troubadour, Town Feeling is no less charming, timeless and sweetly nostalgic than his prior two. But where Prospect Park and his self-titled debut were still rooted in post-folk rock, Hindle's latest release moves more gracefully through a wide field of influences, resulting in an elegant album that effortlessly combines genres from generations past and present on both sides of the pond.
Yorkshire’s Hindle has been at this game for a good while now, as evidenced by his countless appearances on compilations apart from his own proper releases. But not for waste, his increased maturity with songwriting and confidence in the studio shine through on Town Feeling. Stand-outs include "Birthday Candles," and "Jaime," both lush and blanketing classic folk song underscored by gentle sleigh-bells, shakers, pedal steel and breathtaking vocal harmonics. Simply stunning.
You may be inclined to file Town Feeling on your shelf somewhere in-between Mojave 3, Iron & Wine, and Red House Painters, but later on decide to move it into your twee-pop section, along with Camera Obscura, Belle & Sebastian, and Math & Physics Club. Still, upon further examination, you’ll be inclined to re-file this record into your classic Byrds, Simon & Garfunkel, and Nick Drake collection. Any of which would make a welcome home for James William Hindle.