Hometapes isn't officially releasing Feathers' Synchromy until Oct. 17. But you can and should get it right now from the Boulder, Colo., label's Web site, because when you do you'll be the coolest kid in your little indie rock circle. The second EP in a planned series of three, Synchromy is a dizzying mishmash of instrumental, kraut rock-influenced psychedelia. Employing a laundry list of instruments, the three-piece band builds layers of drones, blips, Stereolab-aping synths and sudden jangles of guitar here and there overall, it's no surprise this thing was produced in part by Tortoise mastermind John McEntire. "Skara Brain" is the album's most psyched-out track, with an organ leading the charge at a loping 1960s gait. Later on, "Iron Mountain" takes things into jazz-ish territory with clean-strummed chords and a twisted electronic beat. The piano work might recall vintage Joe Jackson, but Jackson was never, ever this weird. Of the EP's five tracks, the strongest by far is "Ap(parenthe)-synthesis." At first listen, it sounds to be the most straightforward song here, essentially building from only two chords. But the track has tons of secrets, and Feathers are good at letting them leak out slowly. Here, they're like a modern-day Kraftwerk, subverting rhythm and melody, and taking what could easily be a total snooze and turning it into something lulling and beautiful. That's the strength here, really. Things are constantly changing, with instruments fading in and out, the rhythm and style constantly shifting. But Feathers do it so fluidly you only notice after the changes have occurred.
Cory D. Byrom writes about music for Metro Times. Send comments to [email protected].
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.