Boomkat Product Review:
You only have to look at the self-consciously Hendrix-esque font on the Dead Meadow's fourth proper album 'Feathers', to know that the music contained within is likely to be just as entrallled by the past as their cover art. Comprised of four lads who fit the Glastonbury bong stall stereotype to a tee, Dead Meadow open the record with 'Let's Jump In'; an exultant wade through thickets of psych-rock guitars and puddles of heavy eye-lid melodies. With spiralling structures that swan neck skywards and manage to avoid becoming insular or po-faced, Dead Meadow invade your senses like a baited Bush.'Get Up On Down' strays occasionally into fortune cookie sloganeering with lyrics like "Almighty wisdom, the only jewel, the only tool you need, only fools believe in anything else, don't waste wealth nor knowledge of self..." and the subsequent 'At Her Open Door' cannot pass by without a Kula Shaker mention. Although this may sound a stew of negative comparisons, 'Feathers' is a consummate exploration of blues-style jams that tips the nod to the likes of Slowdive on 'Eyeless Gaze All Eye/Don't Tell The Riverman' and Sabbath axe-wielding riffs on the album's hidden track. It's soupy and coagulated definitely, but has enough inherent sparkle and focus to ensure they keep your attention snagged. Feather-lite it ain't!