New songs from rustic folkies Pigeons off new Soft Abuse 7″ (Show Sunday!)
If modern folk music in general were segmented to represent cabin styles on the shores of Northern Minnesota, Pigeons would be one that has classic elements, but with a charmingly weird independent streak. Maybe a yurt in the yard, or a “don’t hassle me, I’m local” sign hanging crooked in the window. They stand in contrast to the glossy, big, overdone, used-once-a-year-by-yuppie-executive enclaves littering the scene (*cough*mumfordandsons*cough*dawes*cough*). They respect the past, and embrace the reality that a little elbow grease can be combined with a wandering spirit for a result that doesn’t suck the life out of the original intent. A spirit that believes in something more than an overpriced, hollow edifice that insults the original intent of the experience. It’s warm and comfy, and ready for you to enjoy, no matter who you are or what you’ve got packed for the trip. Don’t be a stranger.
Listen to both sides of the new Pigeons 7″ from the wonderful local label Soft Abuse (Pigeons also have a new full length LP out) below and see the band Sunday night at Icehouse with Madison-based art pop composer Julian Lynch, whose academic career mean his well-manicured pop stylings, both live and on record, aren’t as frequent as we’d like. Tickets are $12 at the door.