House With No Home
Kill Rock Stars Records
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Sounds like: Ultra-hushed Northwestern folk with mournful backing strings; early Iron & Wine without so many of the Southern Gothic undertones
Idaho native Justin Ringle joins sister Heather Broderick and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick for a reflective journey through the tranquil folk landscapes of the American Northwest. Containing little more than sparse acoustic guitars and sorrowful cellos courtesy of Heather, House With No Home trots quietly along on intricate tracks like “Rude To Rile” and the lower-class ode “Working Poor.” Sunny orchestral arrangements make “Albina” stand out from the otherwise melancholy Horse Feathers pack, and Ringle’s tender vocals hit their stride on the playful “Helen.” Plodding, scratchy guitars give “Heathen’s Kiss” a darker feel, while the next-to-last track “This Is What” finds Horse Feathers picking up the pace (finally). While House With No Home doesn’t pull off anything that Sam Beam and Iron & Wine couldn't master five years ago, Horse Feathers still represents another solid notch in the ever-deepening Americana/quiet-folk catalog.