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Leaving the Nest
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Album: Leaving the Nest
# Song Title   Time
1)    In the Countryside
2)    Dogkillers!
3)    Little at a Time, A
4)    Desert, The
5)    Private Honeymoon
6)    Leaving the Nest (It's a Long Way Down)
7)    Hollywood Sign
8)    They Were Here
9)    Why Bother
10)    In the Woods
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Benjy Ferree; Adrian Carroll (guitar); Burleigh Seaver, Winston Yu (violin); Jonah Takagi (bass guitar); Laura Jean Harris, Brendan Canty (drums); Dennis Kane (percussion); Amy Domingues (cello).
  • Audio Mixer: Brendan Canty.
  • The Washington, DC singer songwriter Benjy Ferree's debut album has a DIY sound that's often stunningly pretty. He augments his small combo songs with strings and an off-key piano, but unlike many other lo-fi indie artists he remembers to include hooks, and has a natural ear for harmony. An unsettling darkness lurks beneath the surface of many of his songs--"Private Honeymoon" is a gorgeous love song that may or may not be sung by a stalker, the sylvan "Why Bother," with its pure, woodland sprite backing vocals, features a narrator being stalked by people wearing hoods, and the bouncy optimism of "Hollywood Sign" is undercut by a singer who may just be planning to jump off the Los Angeles landmark.
Professional Reviews
Q (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[He] injects each number on this debut with a scriptwriter's ear for narrative, inviting the listener into a deliciously mysterious world."

Uncut (p.81) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "With its rough harmonies, strings and acoustics, it sounds like a rural mix of Iron & Wine, early Ray Davies and The White Stripes."

Magnet (p.96) - "LEAVING THE NEST gets spiked with stripped-down rockers....Ferree's debut isn't easy to peg, and that's its strength: Its eccentricities are vaguely familiar, but they still charm."

CMJ (p.51) - "[A] symphony of electric guitars, blasting horns and crashing cymbals. The album has a decidedly down-home vibe."
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