Horse Feathers - "Belly Of June"

When reviewing Horse Feathers’ Words Are Dead in 2006, I suggested folks were missing something if they labeled Portland, Oregon songwriter Justin Ringle’s project as “another folksy Americana troupe with an interesting vocalist.” To make a point, I went on to name check Arthur Russell and Kelley Polar, among other folks without beards. Even as Ringle’s fleshed out his sound with a shifting cast — this time violinist Nathan Crockett, cellist Catherine Odell, multi-instrumentalist Sam Cooper — the chilly strangeness and rural-meets-subtly-avant compositional sense remains. The group’s releasing album three next month. It follows 2008′s House With No Home, an icy collection that gave us the heartbreaking “Father.” As the album’s title suggests, things thaw and bloom on Thistled Spring. Get acquainted via the lilting “Belly Of June.”

Thistled Spring is out 4/20 via Kill Rock Stars. It’s a good time of year to tour, too.

04/09 – Berkeley, CA @ UC Berkeley – Sproul Plaza – 12pm
04/11 – Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond’s Garage
04/13 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
04/15 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
04/16 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Media Club
04/17 – Spokane, WA @ The Empyrean
04/20 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar Cultural Center
04/21 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
04/22 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas
04/23 – South Bend, IN @ Subkirke
04/24 – St Louis, MO @ Billiken Club
04/26 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
04/27 – Buffalo, NY @ The Ninth Ward (Babeville)
04/28 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Drake Hotel
04/29 – Montreal, QC, Canada @ Divan Orange
04/30 – Boston, MA @ The Red Room @ Cafe 939
05/01 – Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse
05/03 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Hall
05/04 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05/05 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
05/06 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05/07 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
05/10 – Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
05/11 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
05/12 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
05/14 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
05/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
05/17 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
05/18 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
05/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fold In Bottleg Theater
05/20 – Visalia, CA @ The Cellar Door
05/21 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place
05/22 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
05/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill

Comments (10)
  1. What a great tune, better start catching up on this band so i can see them in boston.

  2. i guess i could see them in berkely, but i like Bottom of the Hill better. They are lilting and wonderful, think i will save it for a May trip to the city!

    Thanks for the introduction to some yummy music!

  3. Can’t wait to see Horse Feathers at the Birds on a Wire festival in Pullman, WA March 26/27th!

  4. This is yet another reason to look forward to spring!

  5. They’ll also be playing at NX35 in Denton, TX next month. I seriously can’t wait.

  6. underrated

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