"Felt" was the first track I heard by Australian producer Kendl, and as first impressions go, I can hardly complain. The final track from the artist's new Dreamlike EP, it is the perfect closer to a stunning body of work.
Poignant and delicate, the track does a lot with a little. The first 50 seconds are taken up solely by a nostalgic piano melody accompanied by a gentle soundscape, which does everything necessary to convey what is to come. Eventually, this piano is joined by a loose, organic percussion pattern; it sounds like people sitting around a campfire simply jamming along. The campfire analogy runs deeper, too, with the whole track possessing an intimate warmth that makes it feel particularly visceral and "real".
Perhaps the choice of name is deliberate, as the minimal nature of the track does suggest that it is meant to be "felt" as much as heard. Even when the drums open up alongside the arpeggio in the second half, Kendl manages to keep things beautifully balance and controlled. As I have come to learn since starting to write these track features, this is often the easiest way to discern good producers from great ones.
"Felt" is just one track out of three in the Dreamlike EP, each with their own personality and feel. I highly recommend you listen to the complete work below: