Feathers are an eight-piece collective musical ensemble, currently based between Northampton, Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Vermont. Formed in 2003 by Kyle and Kurt (first names only, please) at a Northampton record store, they were quickly joined by Shayna, Meara, Asa, Ruth, Greg and Jordan (more or less in that order). There are five primary songwriters, each with a unique style, and four singers. All eight musicians switch around on numerous instruments, loosely playing what can be described as psychedelic folk. Their debut album, now issued on CD for the first time via Gnomonsong, features simple strummed guitars, delightfully sweet harmonies, lysergic electric guitar, and tribal drumming, with a swirly folk vibe throughout. The group seems to draw inspiration from the same magical, natural forest elements that motivated Incredible String Band and Comus to release their own classic music in decades past. Yes, songs about forest creatures and loving the moon are contained herein.
Interviewed by Dusted, keyboardist and guitarist Jordan explains, “I think that all of us in Feathers regard music as some sort of spiritual endeavor, and I imagine that would come across in the songs.”
Guitarist, vocalist and bassist Asa concurs: “I live on a cold mountaintop and heat my house with a wood stove. This lifestyle must influence my music, but I have no deliberate mystical intentions. I’m just being poetically sincere.”
Feathers already issued two CDRs and the vinyl version of this album on their own Feathers Family label, attracting gobs of attention from fellow musicians and discerning music fans all over. It’s only a matter of time before they develop into a band as powerful as contemporaries Devendra Banhart, Espers, Joanna Newsom and Vetiver.