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Horse Feathers announce new album 'Appreciation'

March 02, 2018

Portland based band Horse Feathers have announced the their release of their forthcoming album Appreciation, out May 4 via Kill Rock Stars. Additionally, NPR has premiered the first album track “Without Applause” today.

On Appreciation, their sixth full-length and the fifth on venerable independent label Kill Rock Stars, the signifiers of the band are there: Lead singer Justin Ringle’s warm tenor and lyrics that speak of work, love, and other struggles. But on this album less of the song dynamics are achieved with strings and more with an exciting new rhythm section steeped in Northern Soul. Longtime violinist Nathan Crockett and keyboardist Dustin Dybvig provide continuity, but much of Appreciation feels like the best of Ringle’s previous musical ideas just took a giant step into a larger arena.
Recorded primarily in Kentucky (at La-La Land Studios in Louisville and Shangri-La Studios in Lexington), the new album features instrumentalists J. Tom Hnatow, Robby Cosenza and R&B vocalist Joslyn Hampton, who helped make Appreciation a mixture of strutting ‘70s-style country-pop (“Without Applause,” “Don’t Mean To Pry”) and supple soul (“Best To Leave,” “Evictions”). But Horse Feathers hasn’t gained accessibility at the expense of quality, nor at the expense of their signature instrumentation (“The Hex” might be the only R&B/soul song where the rhythmic lead is played on banjo). For those who crave what NPR called “the densely pretty seethe of Horse Feathers’ earlier ballads”, the album delivers “Born in Love” and “On the Rise”, accentuating the string surge with Hammond organ, piano, tambourine, and finger snaps.
“It just felt like a fresh take on how my songs can come across,” Ringle says. “With this incarnation, it’s okay if what I’m doing right now is in fact kind of a pop song. I can have a chorus and repeat something. I’m more aware of that and enjoy it.”


Horse Feathers will launch their tour in support of Appreciation in May, see below for dates with more to be announced.

Horse Feather Tour Dates:
5/9 Vancouver, BC @ Fox Cabaret
5/10 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
5/11 Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
5/16 San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
5/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg
5/18 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
5/19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
5/20 Flagstaff, AZ @ Coconino Center For The Arts
5/22 Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
5/24 Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room
5/25 Ft Collins, CO @ Downtown Artery
5/26 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
5/27 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
5/29 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
5/30 Nashville, TN @ High Watt
5/31 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
6/1 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
6/3 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater
6/6 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
6/7 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/8 Boston, MA @ Sinclair
6/9 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
6/13 Toronto, ON @ Drake
6/14 Detroit, MI @ Otus Supply
6/15 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
6/16 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club
6/17 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room