some fine indie folk: horse feathers; or, as my friend said, I am now sockless because they are knocking my socks off


the Horse Feathers’ House with No Home

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.

Horse Feathers – Curs in the Weeds (mp3)

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Horse Feathers – Working Poor (mp3)

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As someone summarized:

If you like gorgeous folk, then this album is for you. If you don’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+

The record is available at insound. They’ve also done a Daytrotter session and you can download 6 mp3s from their virb site (via MOKB).

Check for their tour dates (England, East Coast, and Midwest) after the jump.

(full disclosure[1])

October 2008
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

November 2008
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



6 Responses to “some fine indie folk: horse feathers; or, as my friend said, I am now sockless because they are knocking my socks off”

  1. oz says:

    Funny. I just picked this up yesterday on eMusic.

  2. adrian says:

    I think you in particular will like it, Oz.

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