The first time I saw the self-described funeral pop, doom disco, space rock trio from Denton, TX it was Backyard on Bell some time in the spring. Months later, I catch them at Denton Camera Exchange. Musical performances without a live drummer are still traumatic however upon the second live show featuring the dark souls of Felt & Fur- A. Pennington on vocals and guitar, R. Minick and J. Estes on the machines, I was beginning to enjoy the melancholic wilderness swallowing me. Last Saturday night as a winter chill fell on this small north Texas city, a community of dark wave enthusiasts descended upon Andy’s Bar to celebrate the release of Held, the second release by Felt & Fur and first to be released on the newly christened Denton label Triptych Records.
From my cozy office space on University Drive, I fix some hot chocolate and crank up the new album. The haunting soundscape begins to mix with dreams. Eyes close... I stand in a garden, the flowers weep, the sky hidden with ash. The hot chocolate melts into another taste, familiar but forbidden.
Listen and buy the new vinyl Held by Felt & Fur on Triptych Records here.
Damn, this is potent.