The Features, The Beginning EP (self-released)
Indubitably Nashville’s finest indie-pop band. The Features tease us with a five song EP which portends nothing really. Where is a full length, fellas? The Beginning captures The Features’s American version of the New Wave of New Wave — i.e. the influences of Talking Heads and Blur inform their style. Still, The Beginning‘s tasteful use of the studio and personal songs reflect an intimacy we’ve never seen in a Features show. The band has always been adept at presenting a band sound. This is no guitar-led-band. Keyboard, bass, drums, guitar and voice all weave through each other beautifully. “Two by Two” is the highlight with its joyful coda, but saying so shouldn’t diminish the perfect pop of the other four tracks. Get it.