Folk sometimes gets a bad rap. It takes a truly talented band to breakdown the preconceived notions of the old idea of folk, and reach Iron & Wine stature. Enter Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers; now stand up and salute your soon-to-be favorite indie folk band.
With a strong focus on string instruments, (between the four members there are violins, banjos, a cello, and a mandolin) their new album Thistled Spring is a sultry and beautiful effort for their third full-length. The lyrics are heavy with somber and eloquent storytelling, and vocalist Justin Ringle’s voice delivers each syllable with a fragile prettiness. On their first two albums, Words are Dead and House with No Home, Horse Feathers consisted of Peter Broderick (of Denmark’s Efterklang), his sister Heather, Nathan Crockett, and Ringle. Shortly after being picked up by Kill Rock Stars, the Broderick siblings departed to pursue other musical projects. Thistled Spring and this tour introduce the two new members of the band: Catherine Odell and Sam Cooper.
Thistled Spring, Horse Feathers’ second album on Kill Rock Stars, is a tightly woven package of folk ecstasy.
By, Amanda Chatel
Upcoming tour dates:
14 May – Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
15 May – Kilby Court, Salt Lake City, UT
17 May – Solar Culture, Tucson, AZ
18 May – Casbah, San Diego, CA
19 May – The Fold In Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
20 May – The Cellar Door, Visalia, CA
21 May – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
22 May – Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, Davis, CA
23 May – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
25 May – The Tower Theatre, Bend, OR
23 July – Hillside Festival, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
24 July – Hillside Festival, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
25 July – Hillside Festival, Guelph, Ontario, Canada
31 July – George Wein’s Newport Folk Fest, Newport, RI
From a House with No Home, “Curs in the Weeds:”