Approaching Feathers' music with an extremist, idiosyncratric attitude, it is simple to understand why things sway from glorious melodics to unexpected shifts in structure. The music is dense, melismatic and curiously orchestrated with soaring strings, a possesed flute, and persistent brass to the backdrop of electric harpsichord, farfisa organ, electric sitar, and jaunty electronic processes and ruminations. The recording also features many talented Chicago scene musicians such as the multifaceted Paul Mertens on flute, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Jeb Bishop on trombone, and Jen Clare on violin/viola as well as old Hometapes standbys: Paul Duncan and Roberto Lange. Feathers are influenced by composers such as Ennio Morricone, John Barry, and seminal psyche fusion band Stark Reality as well as other late 60's pshychedelic innovators such as Zoo and Elephants Memory. More contemporary influences include Stereolab, Autechre, Fennesz, Bobby Conn and Mouse On Mars. Feathers is Ed Alonso and Matt Crum. The two met while recording music for other projects and subsequently joined forces. The pair have been busy recording an EP at the illustrious Soma Studios in Chicago with the enginnering and production guidance of Mikael Jorgensen (Wilco,Aluminum Group), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, Stereolab, Radian), and Tim Iseler.
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