Friday 25 Jul

TJ Mayes - "When Love Comes Down"

’50s era rock ’n’ roll had been long overdue for a rebirth. Thankfully, the stockpile of capable luminaries has not been in short supply over the past few years. 

07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Boare - "playdatshit"

The world is in the midst of an electronic music renaissance, and you find most of this boon of producers laying claim to the club-friendly, bass-dropping variety, holing up in the the free-flowing world of hip-hop beatmaking or pitching their tent on the out-there, boundary-pushing EDM camp.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broncho - "Class Historian"

Broncho has never been hurting in the hook department. The success of the trio’s 2011 debut, Can’t Get Past the Lips, was predicated mostly on its ability to marry melodies with kinetic guitar riffs and anarchic energy. Yet we’ve heard nothing to the degree of pure pop catchiness on display in “Class Historian,” the new single from Broncho’s upcoming sophomore album, Just Enough Hip to Be Woman.
07/23/2014 | Comments 0

Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
07/15/2014 | Comments 0

Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

07/09/2014 | Comments 0
Home · Articles · Music · Music · Words of a feather

Words of a feather

Whether by accident or design, sultry OKC outfit Feathered Rabbit recalls music of decades past.

Joshua Boydston February 5th, 2014

Feathered Rabbit with The Wurly Birds

9 p.m. Friday

Blue Note Lounge

2408 N. Robinson Ave.



Photo: Caitlin Lindsey

Feathered Rabbit’s sound hits you in waves. There’s the sultry lounge essence and smoky jazz groove, both wafting with a natural ease. That’s met with a wallop of punchy, gravelly blues and swampy psychedelia that swirl together in a patchwork of sound swatches belonging to a forgone era of American music.

Complex and layered, it feels like the result of pain-stricken attention to detail, laborious rehearsals and careful forethought. In reality, though, it’s anything but that for the Oklahoma indie outfit. The band might even call it a happy accident.

“We quit talking about stuff,” singer Morgan Hartman said. “We just act on it and use our intuition. Our music can feel hard to talk about because we almost feel like we are the medium and everything plays itself out.”

Indeed, the Feathered Rabbit you hear isn’t the one Hartman set out to create back when she approached Kyle Mayfield (Junebug Spade, Larry Chin), but they like the picture they are painting anyway.

Those early sessions were aimed at sunny acoustic pop not unlike Mayfield’s previous work in The Uglysuit, which organically gave way to a different kind of music than either necessarily expected. The addition of Isaiah Sharp (guitar) and Sam Welchel (drums) only stirred the pot.

“It was supposed to be folky. I was new to living on my own, and every thing was looking up,” Hartman said. “Pretty quickly, we went to a darker place. It’s not a settled matter even still. We’re still trying to hone in on exactly what kind of sound we want to have, but that’s working itself out as we continue to learn.”

Many acts aim for ’40s and ’50s romanticism and a sonic palate of the ’60s and ’70s, but few can execute with the authentic, effortless charm Feathered Rabbit can.

Hartman believes a childhood filled with oldies might have helped rein it all in so seamlessly.

“I’m a big nerd, always have been. I watched a lot of musicals and old movies, and that music seeped through it,” Hartman said. “My grandma is pretty much who raised me, and that’s what we had … but I loved it. It felt right to me, not a punishment in the least.”

Ten songs are written for the band’s first full-length album — which follows a well-received debut EP in 2012 — with just a couple songs left to finish before heading into the studio. It’s an exciting time for the band, and Hartman is positive that following those creative gut instincts leads into a stronger sense of identity.

“It will be far easier to control the outcome. We’ve been through a lot, and the songs will reflect that,” she said. “It’s been intense, and I want to make people feel what it feels like. That’s what I’m really hoping to accomplish with these songs.”

Hey! Read This:

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5