It’s been four years since Nashville, TN’s best kept secret The Features snuck onto our speakers with their critically lauded debut, Exhibit A. The record strengthened their already rabid hometown cult following and won over critics in both the US & UK press while shows with Kings of Leon, the Raconteurs and The Walkmen and sets at Redding & Leeds festivals showed off their brazenly flawless live show. Quite suddenly, The Features disappeared and left us wondering what had happened to the Southern four piece who were bound to become our next favorite band. But now, with trademark pop hooks and stellar songwriting in tow, The Features are returning this spring with an off-kilter masterpiece of a sophomore album, Some Kind of Salvation.
Some Kind of Salvation combines the eclectic, folksy sensibility of the band’s EP, The Beginning (2003, Fierce Panda), with the driving, live energy of Exhibit A, the group’s first full-length, which was released by Universal in 2004. The new album also expands on the band’s self-released EP Contrast (2006), which experimented with new soundscapes and included the band’s first collaboration with keyboardist Mark Bond. His subtle textures added a new sonic fullness to the band’s vintage, melodic pop songs
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