I’m waiting for the winter. I’m waiting for the winter because I’m sick and tired of walking in my own sweat-bath. Of course, I’m in love with Manhattan—it’s a beautiful city filled with beautiful women and beautiful music; unfortunately it’s hard to enjoy those things during the summer when it’s too hot to walk around with your awesome over-the-ear headphones. Picking up women with sweat-stains the size of Alaska is a bit tough as well.
In the winter, those problems dissipate. You can hear all the intrigue and tiny articulations of your song on the way to class, work, the strip-club, etc. with your over-the-ear (now muff’s, too!) head phones. A cool band to do this with is Blessed Feathers. This folk-rock band sounds huge through my V-Moda Crossfades (best buy I’ve made, btw). They’re coming out with a new album on October 12th, but they’re streaming the single, “Hey! All You Floridians” right now on their website. You can even download it for free! The title of their new album, Peaceful Beasts in an Ocean of Weeds really identifies with their sound.
The song is big: guitar, keys, banjo, harmonies, electric keys, flute, and of course rolling drums, not to mention the other instrumentation that escapes my immediate knowledge. Not only does it build with each chorus, but they manage to balance the tones everywhere. The banjo harmonizes with the strat-sounding guitar, and you can even hear the strings rustle against the fretboard as the two-chord progression goes from one end of the neck to the other. A sweet effect is that it sounds like the banjo and guitar are constantly traveling in different directions, always widening the sound (classic counterpoint).
“Hey! All You Floridians” talks to those who live in Florida (no shit), saluting them for their hard-knock life, but loving every moment. It’s a somber tune, facing the fact that life is tough and shitty. But I love the last couple of lines:
We have a TV
We’ve got a radio
But nothin’s quite as special as he and I
Shootin’ shit alone
Life’s about the little things. If that requires walking through manhattan in the frigid temperatures of winter while listening to your favorite song, then live it up. Check out Blessed Feathers—I bet they’ll end up on your iTunes”top-played!”