With a set of vocals that mix Jethro Tull and Stevie Nicks, the style of music during a song like â€œOld Black Hat With A Dandelion Featherâ€ seem to pull from a completely different (and older) tradition. While this is a little offsetting, Feathers come back strong with the mopey yet hopeful vocals of â€œTo Each His Ownâ€.
The repetition present in a track like this is intention and does not bring the track down or into a rut; the drone created by the track is something that is expected and desire. In much of the same way as music that allows for meditation, â€œTo Each His Ownâ€ allows the band to perfect their art before going into the rest of the disc. An interesting tendency of Feathers is to make a song that is tops three and a half minutes feel as if it is seven or eight minutes. This will be a blessing for fans of the act, but for individuals who want something immediate, it might seem like a punishment. The meandering style of Feathers on this disc is something that should really be enjoyed alongside a good glass of wine and a comfortable couch to recline on. The diversity of styles that one finds on this self-titled album is impressive, and even more so with the limited influence range that Feathers work under. While the styles are completely different, a song like â€œElnaâ€ has the same creepy, detached sound that Radiohead perfected in their â€œOK Computerâ€ and â€œKid Aâ€ albums. The vocals present on the track are beautiful, but there is a darker side to them that come forth throughout the track that hides under the strummed guitar work and silky vocals. Everything is sedate, a scattershot that is closely grouped.
However, individualsâ€™ interests are kept up at all sections of this disc, even if there is not much to grab onto. The Spartan tendencies of songs like â€œUlnaâ€ show the band as very able to create something out of nothing and to keep individuals listening in. I can understand why Cabic signed Feathers, and while they play a style of music that only NPR and college radio could love, there is no doubt that they will have a large fan base here in a short period of time. Give this album a shot if you yearn for the days of quiet, crackling vinyl and fringes on leather jackets.
Top Tracks: Ulna, Van Rat
Feathers â€“ S/T / 2006 Gnomonsong / 8 Tracks / http://www.gnomonsong.com / Reviewed 25 April 2006