album review: horse feathers
  • MONDAY, APRIL 26, 2010

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The first thing that sets Horse Feathers apart from other groups in the land of folk revival is their instrumentation. These guys are almost exclusively a string outfit, the rhythm section consisting of a pretty much few taps of a tambourine. Since their debut Words Are Dead , the band's acoustic-based sound has become even more stripped down, backing away from some earlier reverb play and into a very barebones production slant. With this genre of music, the lack of need for special effects just furthers their hightlighted musicianship, and besides, you can never go wrong with turning up that gorgeous banjo picking. It's like Appalachian Americana folk; only the Appalachian strains have been softened with more of a classical sheen.

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