Minnesota native Sarah Goldfeather lends her name to the up and coming indie-folk group, Goldfeather, whose five members have a head-spinning resume. Goldfeather, Dylan McKinstry (vocals, mandolin, banjo), Katie Martucci (vocals, guitar), Nathan Koci (vocals, accordion, banjo) and Pat Swoboda (double bass) are trained in classical, contemporary classical, folk, bluegrass, electronic, avant-garde jazz, rock and beyond, and combine to form a lush, dynamic collective of sound, reminiscent of Andrew Bird and Fleet Foxes. In September of the year, the group will release their full length debut, Patchwork Quilt.
Today, Elmore is premiering “Cave Museum,” the second single off the group’s upcoming release. Goldfeather shares the song’s ethereal inception, recalling, “”Cave Museum” is a banjo-driven reflection of a dream I once had, wherein I waded through a boggy cave that was curated into a rich museum of art. In this song I attempt to mimic a dreamlike state with a peculiar nebulous chord structure, which repeats several times with a striking vocal descant and a rapid-fire violin solo, building intensity until the very end.”
The instrumentals capture the essence of the dream, creating a striking intensity against the at times discordant warble of Goldfeather’s low, earthy vocals, which resolve in the group’s bursts of multi-part harmony. The single conveys the surreality of a dream, with fervent banjo driving the pulse of the track as violin punctuates the melange and Goldfeather’s vocals rise and fall throughout, effortlessly hitting the high notes.
Listen to “Cave Museum” below, and catch the band live at Barbes in Brooklyn, NY on June 9th.