You probably wouldn't expect that an album with exotic instrumentation like bouzouki and the occasional Moroccan gnawa wailing could be 'ambient' in the Brian Eno sense of the word, but the Feathermerchants' debut album is. If I remember right, Eno intended 'ambient' to describe music which fits into your surroundings, making your environment feel more like it already did. When I play their album in my apartment (with ample use of the repeat button), it somehow feels more like home, more warm, more like whatever I happen to be doing at the moment. And the best thing? They did it all themselves. No major label deal. No nothing. Totally 100% self-produced (and thus independent, or "indie"). And it sounds *awesome*. Most of you have never heard of them, and that's your loss - but check out their website, and listen to the soundsamples. You just might be surprised. Even better, you can now order their album from Amazon and CDNow...
It's just about time for the Feathermerchants to head back into the studio to record some new tunes - if you're lucky, they'll be playing some of the new ones this evening.
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