Another Word for Fiddlesticks
A new album from Horse Feathers proves their potential, while echoing Elliott Smith, whose presence is still missed.
Ounce for folksy ounce, all of those praiseworthy bands may get blown out of the water by Horse Feathers, whose second potential-proving album, House With No Home, was released on Sept. 9. This is the band's first album on the Kill Rock Stars label, which many of us remember primarily for featuring Elliott Smith, may he rest in peace. Horse Feathers's spare arrangements and singer Justin Ringle's truly envy-inducing voice echo that irreplaceably lost troubadour's style and talent; though, like their band's name, they skew a bit more country-westernish. The first single of the album, "Cur in the Weeds," would be great with just the voice and guitar, but the string parts are so perfectly played and accommodating that the result is something even better than great.