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BOTW Review: Feathers – If All Now Here

Feathers had the ultimate home ground advantage when playing SXSW this year. Not only were they on their own turf of Austin, Texas, they were also playing as support to Depeche Mode – a band that their own synth pop sound is heavily indebted to. One can only assume it went well for the female four-piece. Or should that be for front woman Anastasia Dimou and the other three? Not just the voice of Feathers, Dimou is also the face. In official press shots she’s made prominent from her fellow band members by donning sequins and brighter lipstick. The artwork for debut album If All Now Here goes a few steps further and pictures Dimou alone in a Virgin Mary-referencing image. It’s clear that she is the architect of this band and their debut album.

When Dimou left her previous outfit, electro rockers Cruel Black Dove, because she had her own ideas she wanted to pursue, she wasn’t kidding. The disco ball shimmer of Feathers’ new wave inspired pop melodies, sharp programmed beats and airy vocals couldn’t be further removed from the gritty drawl Dimou used to espouse. Prominent pop moments like the disco whisper of ‘Familiar So Strange‘ and lead single ‘Land of the Innocent‘ make for soothing sonic perfection. Blending together early 80s inspirations like Fad Gadget with the alternative high-shine sheen of Grimes, this is the kind of album Kylie Minogue could do with to restore her to her early 00s plateau.

- Kate Allen

Feathers’ ‘If All Now Here’ is available from May 27 on Nyx. This review was originally published in Notion 063: you can pick up a copy from our online store.

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