Spartan drummer Althea Pajak joins former Cult Maze frontman Jay Lobley and Jason Rogers and Derek Lobley (both formerly of Diamond Sharp). Given their pedigree, we don't need to reiterate that Metal Feathers are one of Portland's most promising new indie bands, but this release is so effortless in its garage-pop charms that we will anyway. The album's available at Portland's Bull Moose.
Kelly Nesbitt, Beaks That Could Smile (L'Animaux Tryst (Field) Recordings)
This very limited-edition release gets my vote for the most overlooked local album of the year. Nesbitt is well-regarded around town for her theatrical skills and uncanny sense of humor, but who knew they'd lead to such a singular and quietly epic folk album, of sad and quirky stories, beautifully told (and sung)? Consider this entry a plea for a re-pressing: more people need to hear this.
The Rattlesnakes, Tidal Living (self-released)
At times willfully sloppy, at others wonderfully concise, you never quite know what to expect out of a live Rattlesnakes set. This album, taking a similar approach, proves how well they pull it off either way.
Christopher Gray can be reached at email@example.com.
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