Heavy Feather – Débris & Rubble

Rating: 4/5
Distributor/Label [URL]: https://thesignrecords.com/
Released: April 2019
Buy Album [URL]: http://smarturl.it/debrisandrubble?fbclid=IwAR3X0T03fvLRJHYsxDimV4eNKDAUDV93VS5D8Gquq6tWunLqjrUJsqUi2ck
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/HeavyFeatherRock/

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Band Line-up:

Lisa Lystam
Matte Gustavsson
Morgan Korsmoe
Ola Göransson

Tracklisting:
  1. Débris & Rubble
  2. Where Did We Go
  3. Waited All My Life
  4. Dreams
  5. Higher
  6. Tell Me Your Tale
  7. Long Ride
  8. I Spend My Money Wrong
  9. Hey There Mama
  10. Please Don’t Leave
  11. Whispering Things
Review:

Débris and Rubble is Heavy Feather’s debut album, aiming to bring some heavy and riff-based rock to the game. Said to be influenced by 70s bands such as Cream and Free, the group wanted to bring some heavy sound to contrast with the riffs that would be considered to be on the lighter side.

The title track had an interesting choice of chords to begin with, clashing just a tad but bringing a sense of identity to the group for being a bit quirky, which seems to be very on the nose. The smooth vocals and slight country twang in instrumentation were more unexpected.

Listening to Where Did We Go made me really appreciate being given a female fronted-band to review. Despite being given them previously there was something in the emotive vocals throughout that has a way to bring you out of reality for a while. Despite the lower range, the vocals don’t blend too much with everything else, meaning they can stand out without being muddied. Simpler instrumentation on this track worked fairly cohesively with later use of more technical guitars and drums behind really flattering the vocal tones.

Waited All My Life’s more repetitive vocal lines didn’t feel overly fitting for the track. It felt a bit over the top somehow, maybe having it sped up ever so slightly would have made it a bit more impactful, especially with the stunning tone of vocals.

Dreams again has the country flare to it, more so than the previous tracks which also had a subtle hint of it. The drop in dynamics felt annoyingly overproduced which is a shame as the lower dynamics would’ve worked beautifully if done naturally. Guitar solos on this album had a good sense of build, particularly in this track leading to a staggering and well-timed end.

Higher had a faster and therefore contrasting feel when compared to Dreams. Drums and guitar have a real moment to really show off in the middle, proving some impressive technical skills. I particularly enjoyed the more jazzy ending.

Tell Me Your Tale brought in the harmonica, bringing in the classic western jail vibes with accompanying chords. The use of time signature in this particular song brings a really satisfying sense of pull and push to it. A higher more angelic range of vocals is also shown off which was really enjoyable, setting the scene and bringing a real sense of power for the last chorus. Again the ending was sweet with light vocals over picking. They know how to end a song with true impact.

Long Ride again has the harmonica but has a stronger sense of free movement and flow as well as a heavier sense of strength. Stripping it back for the chorus also gave a much more moody sense.

I Spend My Money Wrong brings a sense of punk into the mix with the use of stops and starts and riff-heavy guitars. The harmonica wasn’t needed, it distracts from the punk.

Hey There Mama had a weird Hannah Montana quirk in the drums to start the track, that was a bit of a weird earworm that was difficult to distract me from. I loved the heavy riffs in this and how the picking works so nicely with vocals without really taking away from them either. What I couldn’t get my head around was the vocals turning a bit British sounding after the previous tracks sounding more American.

Guitars were the strongest element in Please Don’t Leave. Especially with the constant and various riffs being incorporated throughout, it’s impressive that it doesn’t sound chaotic despite that. A change of time signature and a softer tone is then taken on with lovely, quietened vocals. Effects used in this track were a bit trippy at times.

Whispering Things was a sweet and slow end, a gentle way to conclude the album and worked well in its placement in the album.

Review By Megan Duce
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