Record Dept. Music Reviews 2012-06-23 03:27:59

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HORSE FEATHERS | CYNIC’S NEW YEAR

KILL ROCK STARS

Cynic’s New Year is the follow-up to Horse Feathers’ 2010 album of revival and renewed optimism, Thistled Spring. Their fourth album moves beyond the pastoral melancholy Americana/folk the band is known for, venturing into more baroque chamber pop territory featuring lushly layered instrumentation. Singer/songwriter Justin Ringle’s delicate vocals are accompanied by a large ensemble of eleven members, which includes the notable contributions of longtime collaborator Nathan Crockett on violin. The addition of interspersed horns and brass along with driving percussion bring a new dimension to Horse Feathers’ sound. Cynic’s New Year is another excellent addition to Horse Feather’s accomplished discography. – Written by JFelton

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