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Friday, May 9, 2008

Feathers - Feathers (06)

Looking though they’ve been sent directly from central casting, the psych-folk octet Feathers originate from the same fertile New England climates that generated the wayfaring likes of Tower Recordings and the MV & EE Medicine Show. The arrival of their debut album on Devendra Banhart and Andy Cabic’s Gnomonsong label has not gone unheralded, since the group have built a promising reputation through their guest appearances on Banhart’s Cripple Crow and opening for such acts as Sufjan Stevens, Dinosaur Jr., and Smog. Home recorded and originally self-released on vinyl, the music on Feathers exists largely in the bucolic countryside previously occupied by the Incredible String Band, Comus and their progressive brethren. This might lead skeptics to dismiss this spirited collective as just another escapist hippie revival, yet throughout the album the casual sophistication of Feathers’ arrangements—as well as their firm grasp of dissolute, post-Siltbreeze dynamics—helps these performances achieve a distinct emotive depth and a gauzy, out-of-time luster.

slightly similar to these crazies or vise versa: Devendra Banhart, White Magic, Jana Hunter, Espers, Six Organs of Admittance, Matteah Baim, Metallic Falcons, Effi Briest

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