Saturday, 10 August 2013

These Feathers Have Plumes #2


Have just spent a pleasant while listening to the latest release from Sheepscar Light Industrial, the label that keeps on delivering the goods. They seem to release in batches and the pick of the latest batch is "Untitled" by London based project These Feathers Have Plumes. Two pieces on a three inch Cdr spread over sixteen minutes. The first piece "Between Earth And Air" is a perfect example / introduction to the sound of TFHP. (Is there are nickname? Do fans know them as The Feathers or The Plumies)? I have seen TFHP live a couple of times in the past few months and this piece reminds me of those performances. It starts all ritualistic with the clanking of gongs and the chiming of bells, the tinkling resonance of hand bells (Eastern mantra) before the bowing of cymbals and glass begins. Vibrations are caught and processed and patterned in to a throbbing wall. Great stuff, would be lovely to see The Feathers (that's what I'm calling 'em from now on) perform in some great cathedral.
"Don't Wish Your Life Away" (great title) is a beautiful piece of meditative music. Tones and drones. Restrained and yet it has a wide open vista. Slightly melancholic and very intense. Andrew Chalk sprang immediately to mind, and there was a hint ( a hue) of SPK and their "Songs Of Byzantine Flowers" sound. That could be the cello? I have no idea how the sounds were made here, but it is one of the best things I have heard this year...a work of pure genius.
As with all Sheepscar Light Industrial stuff, this will be ultra limited. Go to and try and bag a copy.

1: Andi Brown of These Feathers Have Plumes.
2: "Untitled" sleeve.

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