Oct 22, 2014

Horse Feathers – So It Is with Us (2014)

Late in Horse Feathers‘ fifth album, So It Is with Us, singer-guitarist Justin Ringle unleashes a provocative little five-word phrase — “softly screaming, ‘woe is me'” — that’s summed up a lot of the band’s music over the past decade. Ringle’s songs generally set wearily fatalistic lyrics against a gentle backdrop of strings and banjos and other exquisitely appointed Americana. But the grimness of his words, the “woe is me” of it all, has always been swathed in sweetness, to the point where a song’s suffocating misery can sound like comfort food.

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