return to easton square, simon felton


(Cat. No. SMILE61, Released 03/11/17, CD-R/DL)


This is the final album in my therapeutic trilogy that began with Emotional Feedback in 2015 and continued with last year's Return to Easton Square.  American poet and songwriter Stephen John Kalinich makes a guest appearance on the album-closer.  Stevie has collaborated in the past with two of my heroes, Brian and Dennis Wilson, as well as Pink Hedgehog artist Peter Lacey.  Around half of the songs here are new and some are re-worked ideas from the vaults.  One was written by my friend and former band-partner James Laming and another was written by my current band mate, and friend, Steve Wilson.  Given that many of the new songs were destined for the new Garfields Birthday album, I decided to pinch the title.  Hopefully the Topsy Turvy that we've ended upwith is still a worthwhile listening experience and not merely an indication of how amazing the Garfields Birthday could have been!

1 The Ghost of Christmas Past
2 Lost and Found
3 Out of Time
4 In the Garden
5 Highways and Biways
6 Your Place or Mine
7 Smile for the Camera
8 You Should Know Better by Now
9 The Writing's on the Wall
10 The Measure of all Things


"Felton has been running his Pink Hedgehog cottage industry for nearly 25 years. During that time, he’s released some of the most infectious pop tunes you’re likely to hear, not the least of which came from his own pen. Besides his duties in Garfields Birthday, Felton began releasing solo albums back in 2009. This, his fifth, is the final part of his therapeutic trilogy, comprising also Emotional Feedback (2015) and Return To Easton Square (2016). Don’t let the tag fool you – these are not mopey wails of self-pity, but heartfelt love songs and the occasional toe-tapper that’ll chase the doldrums away in no time flat. Now that Felton’s graduated from his therapy session, I hope we’ll continue to hear more from this unsung hero of introspective pop." Jeff Penczak

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