Album review: THE BLACK FEATHERS – Angel Dust & Cyanide

THE BLACK FEATHERS – Angel Dust & Cyanide [Release date 08.07.22]

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes (vocals, guitars, keys) and Sian Chandler (vocals), have been touring and recording since 2012. The pandemic put a temporary halt on their regular touring, although they have performed at performed at Philadelphia Folk Festival and AmericanaFest. Luckily they are back on tour and this album is released during their current seventh month tour of dates in the UK and US.

The Black Feathers mix things up well on the album, from the pop Americana on opener ‘Lighthouse On Fire’ through to the heartfelt ballad ‘Strangers In The Dark’. It help keeps the album flowing nicely with the country rocking ‘Golden Hour’ made for blasting out of the radio on a summer’s day.

It perhaps on the more heartfelt moments that the duo really hit their peak, as their impassioned vocals work beautifully together on the title track. Or on ‘Barcelona’, a song about wanting to go back to a place in time when things were more innocent.

The Black Feathers also give their own spin to Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’, with vibrant strings and a steady drumbeat, they pull this cover off with aplomb.

Heartfelt Americana meets country doesn’t get much better than this and here’s hoping they reap their justified success based on this album and their relentless touring. ****

Review by Jason Ritchie

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