Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Post #200: Horse Feathers


This marks my first post under my new 'refocusing' of the blog, and I can't think of a better band to do this with than Horse Feathers.

Over the years, I have purchased a lot of music. In fact, probably too much music as I am incredibly backlogged. I have music I purchased 3 years ago which I have yet to listen to.

Many would think that I have a problem. An addiction to music, which unfortunately (or as I view it, thankfully), there is no cure.

I simply cannot get enough.

For me, that has created some of the fun. I come across artists sometimes almost by mistake. I say mistake, because being as open minded as I am, I take a lot of chances on albums most people would overlook.

This is how I came across Mason Jennings' Century Spring and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy's Master and Everyone.

Take a look at these covers. My thought process at the time was, "How could I not like these?"

Well...I was right.

Today, they have become two of my favorite albums. Ones I can listen to over and over again, and two that I recommend without hesitation.

After coming across their debut album, Words are Dead in 2006, I was hooked, and was ecstatic of this 'find'.

However, in this instance, it wasn't the cover that got my attention, but instead, it was the name. Horse Feathers.  This sounded like something right up my alley.

Started by Justin Ringle, a solo artist based in Idaho he started playing under the name Horse Feathers after moving to Seattle.  This is where he teamed up with Peter Broderick who brought in the strings (another artist worth checking out by the way).

After listening to their debut album on repeat for months, and it still being in regular rotation today, I have fallen in love with the entire album, two songs in particular: "Blood in the Snow" and the above link "Finch on Saturday" which is one of the most played songs in my library.

With some bands, I get a little concerned, not knowing what to expect on the follow up.  I love when bands branch out and try new things, but having fallen in love with the first album, I wanted more of it.

In 2008, they released House With No Home.  The opening track, "Curs in the Weeds", set the tone, and showed me they hadn't strayed too far.  They would continue with their beautiful string arrangements and as James Monger on states, Justin Ringle's "I can't open my mouth all the way, mumble."

Unfortunately with this album, I was unable to catch their show at the Cedar Cultural Center.  Something I vowed to not let happen again.

On June 23rd, they will be coming through town again, playing the smaller 7th Street Entry in Downtown Minneapolis.

It's been a little while since their last release, Thistled Spring, which came out in April of last year, but from the looks of their Twitter posts, they have a new one in the works.

As is true with their second release, they didn't stray far from their sound, which is evident in the above video, "Belly of June".  This is fine with me, but I'm excited to see if they change things up for their 4th release.

I highly, highly, highly, encourage you to go to this show.  Well worth the $12.



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