A page of reviews and articles

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

 

 

Feathers, ‘Hunter’s Moon’

by CHRIS CAMPION

You know that scene in Once upon a time in Mexico where Johnny Depp orders a meal of slow roasted pork, decides it’s too good and naturally decides that he must kill the cook to restore order to the country? That’s how I feel about Feathers.

Hunter’s Moon is simply pitch perfect low-fi dreamy pop music and the fact that the whole thing was recorded over three hours in Brisbane’s sadly soon to be defunct Tribal Theatre just makes their feat even more impressive. At the peak of Hunter’s Moon, Feathers balance the best elements of genres ranging from 60s psych to 80s jangle and dream pop with effortless swagger and ease. At times the album recalls the best of bands as diverse as Slowdive, The United States of America and Yo La Tengo whilst still retaining a distinctive and unique sound throughout.

Songs such as ‘Mary’ and ‘Phantoms’ drift by in a haze of colour and reverb with better results than some of their far more successful American contemporaries that mine similar stylistic terrain. Hunter’s Moon is an impressive, self-assured debut record and Feathers could stand to inherit the earth

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

RAVE

FEATHERS – Hunter’s Moon

(Bon Voyage)

Psych sounds from Brisbane spacewomen

With more witchery than Stevie Nicks after a night on the syrup with Weezy, Feathers’ debut LP Hunter’s Moon is an album full of invigorating sounds from the swamplands. Singing songs of fire, cats and immaculate virgin mothers, the Brisbane four-piece maintain a hazy vibe throughout while also keeping things catchy and slightly poppy. Starting off with Darklands, which sits like a mystic on top of old Mt Coot-tha, looking out to sea as diseased cargo ships float by on the horizon, murky psychedelic dreams in a sub-tropical setting seem to be a major source of inspiration for the album. There are moments when songs hint at paths once paved by bands like The Shaggs – vocals following guitar melodies with every note as chunky bass rolls underneath, adding up to a kind of hypnotic drone rather than sounding simplistic. Another important feature in this deliberately retrograde style – reverb – features nicely on album highlight Early Morning. When I first heard the track Wild Horse Mountain, I figured they were singing about wandering around a highland landscape with a head full of whisky, but it wasn’t until recently driving past Wild Horse Mountain lookout on the way to the Sunshine Coast that it all made sense – a forest to the north of Brisbane where brumbies used to roam, just down the road from Steve Irwin’s place. That’s pretty much Hunter’s Moon. Surreal and of a certain time and place.

****

TIM FITZPATRICK



Friday, 30 September 2011

Just Music That I Like


Feathers - New Music “Introducing”

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Picking up on new music is often a random one, my main introductions to bands are often recommendations from people I know, bands that I like ‘similar artists’, support bands at gigs I check out, random listening sessions and sometimes through the odd cold-call email. I came to discover Feathers on the back of a post I did about a month ago on Australian band New War, Feathers are on the same bill as New War for their 12” launch (and Feathers LP launch too) - it’s on October 7th - full details for any Brisbane folk who may happen to be lurking here.

That release, their second full-length is entitled ‘Hunter’s Moon’ and is set for release October 7th via Bon Voyage, it will be available on limited edition 12” vinyl release (only 100 copies - less one - so you best act quickly - you can get it right here). I’ve only heard the two preview tracks (so far) but I’m smitten with their part psychedelic part surf, garage / dream-pop, check out “Early Morning” below for proof, a glorious hazy vocal whilst laid-back guitar grooves and this infectious bass-line repeat in your head. “Darklands”, with guitars cloaked in reverb is equally great, built around a simple yet charming structure and lovely harmonies, the 60’s inspired pop song’s repeated lines of “I really want to take your hand and lead you through this dark, dark land” is both strangely romantic and uplifting.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011




Feathers - Heartbreakers •

Listened to Feathers’ new Hunter’s Moon LP a lot last week. The press release states the album was recorded in an abandoned movie theater within a three hour time frame. As it plays out you can tell it’s been recorded in one go with some effortless transitions, and the quirks of a live recording. What you can’t tell is that these songs only took three hours to record—I almost don’t believe them.

They remind me a lot of Vivian Girls; don’t be quick to pan these ladies, that girl-group comparison is only for comparisons sake. Feathers have got just enough rowdiness behind them to keep you engaged but don’t sacrifice DIY pop charm. From the sweet trance jam “Early Morning,” to the up-tempo “Cruel For Love,” there’s some killer sound going on; bass heavy tracks brimming with infectious hooks and stellar guitar. To say Feathers are good isn’t enough. I’m pretty jazzed on this release, as an LP it’s rather strong and I can only imagine how these songs sound live. Potentially my new favorite act.. someone get this band to tour the states as soon as possible.

Limited to 100 pressings, Hunter’s Moon is out October 7th through Bon Voyage.

Feathers - Early Morning [MP3] 

http://heard-instinct.com/


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

SONIC MASALA


Hunting Feathers


Those Brisbane ladies in love with the reverb pedal, Feathers, have a new album out in a couple weeks. Hunter’s Moon - that title alone should be a fair indicator of what to expect, and why they have supported the likes of Best Coast, Vivian Girls and Dead Meadow in the past. Recorded in a few hours (!) in an empty hundred-year-old movie cinema, Hunter’s Moon is the band’s first release in their current line-up, marking a transitional period in the band’s history. The LP presents a collection of songs spanning from upbeat surf inspired pop love songs (like opener ‘Darklands’), to hazy, reverb obscured ballads about lost dreams and tales of phantoms (the closer ‘Wild Horse Mountain’ is the perfect example of that). The Rolling Stones’ ‘Play With Fire’ also makes an appearance. Its a lovely languid release, and just another reason to take not of what’s happening in this under appreciated Australian city.

Hunter’s Moon is out October 7 through Bon Voyage Records, and is limited to 100 pressings - tiny! So get here and get in quick!

Feathers - Darklands
Feathers - Wild Horse Mountain

http://sonicmasala.blogspot.com/2011/09/hunting-feathers.html

A page of reviews and articles

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

 

 

Feathers, ‘Hunter’s Moon’

by CHRIS CAMPION

You know that scene in Once upon a time in Mexico where Johnny Depp orders a meal of slow roasted pork, decides it’s too good and naturally decides that he must kill the cook to restore order to the country? That’s how I feel about Feathers.

Hunter’s Moon is simply pitch perfect low-fi dreamy pop music and the fact that the whole thing was recorded over three hours in Brisbane’s sadly soon to be defunct Tribal Theatre just makes their feat even more impressive. At the peak of Hunter’s Moon, Feathers balance the best elements of genres ranging from 60s psych to 80s jangle and dream pop with effortless swagger and ease. At times the album recalls the best of bands as diverse as Slowdive, The United States of America and Yo La Tengo whilst still retaining a distinctive and unique sound throughout.

Songs such as ‘Mary’ and ‘Phantoms’ drift by in a haze of colour and reverb with better results than some of their far more successful American contemporaries that mine similar stylistic terrain. Hunter’s Moon is an impressive, self-assured debut record and Feathers could stand to inherit the earth

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

RAVE

FEATHERS – Hunter’s Moon

(Bon Voyage)

Psych sounds from Brisbane spacewomen

With more witchery than Stevie Nicks after a night on the syrup with Weezy, Feathers’ debut LP Hunter’s Moon is an album full of invigorating sounds from the swamplands. Singing songs of fire, cats and immaculate virgin mothers, the Brisbane four-piece maintain a hazy vibe throughout while also keeping things catchy and slightly poppy. Starting off with Darklands, which sits like a mystic on top of old Mt Coot-tha, looking out to sea as diseased cargo ships float by on the horizon, murky psychedelic dreams in a sub-tropical setting seem to be a major source of inspiration for the album. There are moments when songs hint at paths once paved by bands like The Shaggs – vocals following guitar melodies with every note as chunky bass rolls underneath, adding up to a kind of hypnotic drone rather than sounding simplistic. Another important feature in this deliberately retrograde style – reverb – features nicely on album highlight Early Morning. When I first heard the track Wild Horse Mountain, I figured they were singing about wandering around a highland landscape with a head full of whisky, but it wasn’t until recently driving past Wild Horse Mountain lookout on the way to the Sunshine Coast that it all made sense – a forest to the north of Brisbane where brumbies used to roam, just down the road from Steve Irwin’s place. That’s pretty much Hunter’s Moon. Surreal and of a certain time and place.

****

TIM FITZPATRICK



Friday, 30 September 2011

Just Music That I Like


Feathers - New Music “Introducing”

Facebook

Picking up on new music is often a random one, my main introductions to bands are often recommendations from people I know, bands that I like ‘similar artists’, support bands at gigs I check out, random listening sessions and sometimes through the odd cold-call email. I came to discover Feathers on the back of a post I did about a month ago on Australian band New War, Feathers are on the same bill as New War for their 12” launch (and Feathers LP launch too) - it’s on October 7th - full details for any Brisbane folk who may happen to be lurking here.

That release, their second full-length is entitled ‘Hunter’s Moon’ and is set for release October 7th via Bon Voyage, it will be available on limited edition 12” vinyl release (only 100 copies - less one - so you best act quickly - you can get it right here). I’ve only heard the two preview tracks (so far) but I’m smitten with their part psychedelic part surf, garage / dream-pop, check out “Early Morning” below for proof, a glorious hazy vocal whilst laid-back guitar grooves and this infectious bass-line repeat in your head. “Darklands”, with guitars cloaked in reverb is equally great, built around a simple yet charming structure and lovely harmonies, the 60’s inspired pop song’s repeated lines of “I really want to take your hand and lead you through this dark, dark land” is both strangely romantic and uplifting.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011




Feathers - Heartbreakers •

Listened to Feathers’ new Hunter’s Moon LP a lot last week. The press release states the album was recorded in an abandoned movie theater within a three hour time frame. As it plays out you can tell it’s been recorded in one go with some effortless transitions, and the quirks of a live recording. What you can’t tell is that these songs only took three hours to record—I almost don’t believe them.

They remind me a lot of Vivian Girls; don’t be quick to pan these ladies, that girl-group comparison is only for comparisons sake. Feathers have got just enough rowdiness behind them to keep you engaged but don’t sacrifice DIY pop charm. From the sweet trance jam “Early Morning,” to the up-tempo “Cruel For Love,” there’s some killer sound going on; bass heavy tracks brimming with infectious hooks and stellar guitar. To say Feathers are good isn’t enough. I’m pretty jazzed on this release, as an LP it’s rather strong and I can only imagine how these songs sound live. Potentially my new favorite act.. someone get this band to tour the states as soon as possible.

Limited to 100 pressings, Hunter’s Moon is out October 7th through Bon Voyage.

Feathers - Early Morning [MP3] 

http://heard-instinct.com/


Tuesday, 27 September 2011

SONIC MASALA


Hunting Feathers


Those Brisbane ladies in love with the reverb pedal, Feathers, have a new album out in a couple weeks. Hunter’s Moon - that title alone should be a fair indicator of what to expect, and why they have supported the likes of Best Coast, Vivian Girls and Dead Meadow in the past. Recorded in a few hours (!) in an empty hundred-year-old movie cinema, Hunter’s Moon is the band’s first release in their current line-up, marking a transitional period in the band’s history. The LP presents a collection of songs spanning from upbeat surf inspired pop love songs (like opener ‘Darklands’), to hazy, reverb obscured ballads about lost dreams and tales of phantoms (the closer ‘Wild Horse Mountain’ is the perfect example of that). The Rolling Stones’ ‘Play With Fire’ also makes an appearance. Its a lovely languid release, and just another reason to take not of what’s happening in this under appreciated Australian city.

Hunter’s Moon is out October 7 through Bon Voyage Records, and is limited to 100 pressings - tiny! So get here and get in quick!

Feathers - Darklands
Feathers - Wild Horse Mountain

http://sonicmasala.blogspot.com/2011/09/hunting-feathers.html

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