At Independent Music News, we love it when one of our favourite bands puts out more music for us to dig into. Earlier in the year, Daniel Thomas premiered a beautifully touching single called Balcony by alt-pop trio June Pageant. Hearing that song was a great feeling, and Daniel summed up his opinions on the music in a way that I couldn’t help but agree with, but I was left wanting more. Luckily, that’s just what we’ve been given: a full album.
Feather Star is the debut record of the Jersey City-based dream-pop band. It opens with the previously mentioned single, Balcony, and then goes on to keep delivering beautiful music that penetrates the soul. The lyrics are thoughtful and touched upon many of the issues floating around my mind during this strange time. Cooped up in lockdown, old feelings I haven’t had to confront in years have come to the surface, and the music of June Pageant seems to allow me to think about this in a streamlined way. In this sense, the album induces a state of flow in the listener. It’s got a dream-like quality and is full of immensely catchy hooks that will stick in your head for days to come.
Feather Star is surreal and dark, yet light and playful. Reminiscent of the music of strange pop icons such as Kate Bush, the best thing to do is put on your headphones and get lost in the world of June Pageant. As the record faded out with the masterfully written Inches, I couldn’t help but wish there was more. For now, I’m going to play this from the top and get lost in the waves again.
We know you’re going to love Feather Star as much as us. Out tomorrow on Kidokoro Records, you can check it out now on IMN. Enjoy.