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Review: Horse Feathers @ Luminaire, Kilburn. March 2nd 2009

Posted in Gig Pictures, Gigs, Music Reviews, Tracks with tags , , , on March 3, 2009 by musicmuleblog

mp3: Horse Feathers – In Our Blood

After a distinctly average at best support band, Martin James, I’m in need of some musical therapy, a cleansing if you will. Horse Feathers are thankfully next up. As I sit with a friend inches from the stage of the dimly lit, red curtained Luminaire in Kilburn, I’m confident they are up to the task of soothing my soul.

From Portland, Oregon tonight’s incarnation of Horse Feathers is Justin Ringle on vocals and guitar, Nathan Crockett on violin, saw (yep that’s right!), vocals and Catherine O’Dell on cello and vocals. On record and in days of old Peter Broderick, now going solo to some considerable acclaim, and sister Heather Broderick also featured adding extra strings and vocals. Peter was apparently responsible for encouraging a lot of the beautiful string arrangements that remain today. Well done sir!

Make no mistake this is music of the most beautiful and affecting kind. Opener ‘In Our Blood’, from the album Words Are Dead, is breathtaking, its perfect three way harmonies instantly showcasing the immense vocal talent on offer this evening. Justin’s presence is instantly felt even from his humbly adopted stage right position, his thick arms holding his acoustic guitar high, his pick strapped thumb gently strumming and a clear fire in his eyes. Continue reading