Release Date: May 28, 2013
Record label: N/A
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
Singer/songwriter Anastasia Dimou has worked her way through a substantial number of bands (most recently Cruel Black Dove, where she felt her own input was diluted by the demands of her colleagues) before arriving at her latest project, Feathers; the all-girl quartet/sometimes quintet was formed following her relocation in 2011 from New York to Austin, Texas. The other members are Courtney Voss, Kathleen Carmichael, Destiny Montague and Alex Gehring, and together the synth pop outfit have been referred to as the ‘female Depeche Mode’, even supporting the electronic legends at the 2012 Austin festival, SXSW, after being personally selected by Martin Gore. Unsurprisingly, Depeche Mode along with New Order are major influences, and their take on dark electropop is not too dissimilar from the path that Ladytron follow, along with a host of other similar bands, although Dimou possesses a delicate, whispery vocal that distinguishes them from their peers.
Feathers is an all-female four-piece from Austin, Texas. If you’re expecting a scrappy rock band, based on that small bit of information, think again. It’s better to think of Feathers as the band who has played in front of Depeche Mode, because that is much closer to the torch they are carrying. On their debut album, If All Now Here, Feathers give us 10 unabashed day-glo electro-pop songs.
Before releasing anything, Austin femme quartet Feathers already stood on line internationally. Opening for heavyweights like Robyn and Washed Out, and tapped for a spot at the UK's All Tomorrow's Parties, the fashionable foursome lights up right out of the gate on full-length debut If All Here Now. Led by NYC transplant Anastasia Dimou, Feathers' goth-hued electro thrives in the era of New Order and Depeche Mode, brought to life by a cast of heavy hitters, including a mix by Steven DePalo, who's worked with fellow dark wave synths Cold Cave.
Feathers, a four piece from Austin, Texas, originally coalesced around main songwriter Anastasia Dimou and it’s her presence that is very much at the heart of their sound. Her vocals are a key component in illuminating the dark corners and mysterious caverns of Feathers’ almost industrially electronic sound. Whether it’s soft and lilting as on ‘Familiar To Strong’ or overcome with abandon on the deeply intense closer ‘Welcome Possession’, it adapts itself to any style.Feathers’ electronic sound is rooted in the mid-80s; the primitive, harsh clangs and synths of ‘Soft’ bring to mind prime period New Order and the gothic-tinged electro grandeur of Depeche Mode is never far away.