I’ve often felt that Feeding Fingers’ music has had a tendency toward quiet desperation, and, at times, a sense of holding itself back from its own full potential. But “Your Candied Laughter Crawls”, the debut single from their upcoming fifth album, is almost triumphant, musically. There is an entire metamorphosis occurring in the microcosm of this particular song, one that opens itself up to the listener like a blooming flower as it progresses from its sleepy opening notes to their book-end, with its entire story laid out in between.
Feeding Fingers is determined to bend the expectations of their adopted genres, choosing to start off this track with a solitary kalimba playing a few fairylike notes before bursting into the familiar territory of guitars and piano, laced through with what can only be called joyful percussion. There is a satisfying simplicity to the melody underneath, with Justin Curfman’s vocals swooping in to deliver their strange, foreboding phrases and showcasing his dexterity at pure emotional expressiveness. Clouded as they are by dream logic, the lyrics here are hardly meaningless; this is a song that tells a very distinctly personal tale. This is a song of breakthroughs and beginnings – of heartstrings and hope.