some fine indie folk: horse feathers; or, as my friend said, I am now sockless because they are knocking my socks off
Horse Feathers is almost nothing like the screwball early Marx movie they’re presumably named after. In the last few weeks, Justin Ringle, Peter Broderick et al.’s album of melancholy and meticulously gorgeous indie folk has hit me with some gravity.
With a heavy blanket of melancholy over the record, the people behind Horse Feathers split their energies between interesting and full-but-not-overreaching orchestration, distinctive and breathy vocals, and just plain good songwriting. It’s unusual for an indie folk band to succeed at all three of these as well as this band does. The resulting album is consistent across the board, more in feel, quality and sound than particular instrumentation. While not having a completely new sound, that doesn’t stop this album from being really good.
If you like gorgeous folk, then this album is for you. If you donâ€™t, well, The Hold Steady released something not that long ago.
The band is in the extended area twice this week. They’re in Santa Cruz Tuesday at the Crepe Place and on Wednesday there’s this show that I’ll be attending:
10/8 Horse Feathers, Lady Genius @ Rickshaw Stop, 8pm, $8, 21+
Check for their tour dates (England, East Coast, and Midwest) after the jump.
07 — Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
08 — San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
14 — London @ KOKO — w/ Jose Gonzalez
15 — Liverpool @ The Academy — w/ Jose Gonzalez
16 — Exeter @ Lemon Groove — w/ Jose Gonzalez
17 — Canterbury @ Kents International Arts Festival — w/ Jose Gonzalez
27 — New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
29 — Saratoga Springs, NY @ Cafe Lena
31 — Burlington, VT @ Tick Tick
01 — Waterville, ME @ Colby College
05 — Madison, WI @ The Frequency
06 — Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College
07 — Northfield, MN @ Carleton College
08 — St Paul, MN @ Turf Club — w/ Blitzen Trapper
09 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas — w/ Blitzen Trapper
10 — Bloomington, IN @ Locals Only — w/ Blitzen Trapper
11 — Columbus, OH @ Skully’s Music DIner — w/ Blitzen Trapper
17 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
19 — Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
21 — Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall