Album Review: Tickley Feather – ‘Hors D’Oeuvres’

October 11, 2009 Updated: September 29, 2015

Epoch Times PhotoDistorted, dark and at times uncomfortable, Hors D’Oeuvres sounds like a bird with one broken wing painfully attempting to escape an oil-stricken beach. Annie Sachs, the creative force behind Tickley Feather, is most at home with sparse, industrial drumbeats, heavy distortion and a caged, constrained, barely discernible vocal that ranges from the powerful and uplifting to the wistful and aching, yet always haunting. Recorded in a dilapidated farmhouse in rural Virginia you can almost see the pixies darting through the shadows formed by the broken windows. This uneasy distortion remains even on tracks that use clubby rhythms or heavy guitar.