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Featuring Birds LP

On this, Quasi's third album (their second for Up Records), Quasi's transformation is possibly complete. They have succeeded in writing a perfect pop album while maintaining the tension and dramatic joy of their past releases. Sam Coomes (formerly of Heatmiser, Donner Party) and Janet Weiss (also of Sleater-Kinney) are the only two individuals alive who can make it ok to be happy about singing along to the ideas of suicide and lost love. They can do it because you dearly want them to, and because no one else has ever dared to try. These themes have become necessary inclusions for the band, and on Featuring "Birds" they are even accompanied by notions of love renewed. Quasi turns a new leaf?
Recorded at Portland's Jackpot Studio by Mr. Larry Crane (editor ofTape Op magazine) in November of 1997, Featuring "Birds" is an expansion of Quasi's technical and musical boundaries. For the first time, they have recorded in a professional studio, and for the firsttime they have used more than eight tracks (16, this time around). The songs date from late '96, when Quasi was just recording their last album, up to the moment they entered the studio for this album. The sole guest musician on the album is Charlie Campbell of Pond, who wrote and played guitar on "Tomorrow You'll Hide."
"Coomes's electric harpsichord has a sham-dignified sound twisted and distorted to its fraying point and Weiss's slashing beats and sour-sweet harmonies tense it up even more. These are the songs of smart people trying to find some way out of corrosive despair-indie rock's Rumours." [Top 20 Albums Of The Year, 1998] - SPIN
"The third release from this Portland, Oregon, ex-husband-and-wife duo hides gut-wrenching heartache and despair inside sugary vocal harmonies and catchy-succinct songwriting." - Rolling Stone
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