A Blaze Of Feather

Weather-worn at­mo­spheric post-folk

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ABlaze Of Feather is the nom de plume of (Ben Howard col­lab­o­ra­tor) Mickey Smith – or rather his col­lec­tive of South Western mu­si­cians. Howard fea­tures in this new line-up, as does co-gui­tarist Nat Wa­son.

“I feel lucky to have this con­nec­tion as a band,” says Mickey. “Every­one of us has been through the mill and it’s a pretty rare feel­ing when we’re all in the flow play­ing – it gets way out there amongst the cos­mos.”

A Blaze Of Feather’s self-ti­tled de­but picks up where Ben Howard’s I For­get Where We Were left off. The al­bum evolves wind­whipped gui­tar lines to as­ton­ish­ing peaks and troughs, all in­ter­wo­ven with Mickey’s mum­bled vo­cal out­put. “The songs just kept com­ing through,” con­cludes Mickey. “We just thought, ‘Let’s get this down be­fore it’s lost in the ether.’”

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