May 20, 2014

EP: Feature - Culture of the Copy

Blink into a new world with the hazy humming of Culture of the Copy.

The first time I listened to Feature my angst aptitude was at full capacity. I had just finished two heavy-duty essays worth 105% of my grade in two classes. All I could think about was my dried-up skin and this one scabbing zit beneath my lower lip waiting around for me to scratch at it so it could come back from the dead. I had listened to nothing but punk LPs for weeks – I just hadn’t been in the mood for anything but Honor Titus hammering into my stressed out brain cells – but after I had gotten these massive assignments out of the way, I needed a breather; and man, did Feature really lift that weight off my chest.

Liv, Jen and Heather are from London; together, they are Feature. Working as a two-piece, Liv and Jen have give us their latest EP Culture of the Copy, and it’s the breath of fresh air laced with light spills that we’ve all been waiting for. Draining out the harshness of shoegaze, this EP is left with subtleties of a lo-fi daze. It’s humble, but it’s got enough flair that the tune will trickle into you; with a swift beat and a voice that lets out like Miki Berenyi in its softer moments. Thick guitar textures drag out a sense of haziness humming through this whole release, and its tones have clouded out the life-or-death exam I’m meant to be preparing for right now – Feature have blinked me into a new world. I’m not swamp deep in homework right now; I’m sinking my head against the car window as I’m watching the moon purr past, nice and lo. I’m so tired I’ve lost any grasp of common sense as I’m thinking: Why is the moon bothering to follow our car everywhere we go? We’ve been driving for hours, everyone’s shoulder to shoulder in the backseat, and we’re all dreaming the same dream as Culture of the Copy murmurs from the dashboard stereo over and over and over again. I still haven’t grown out of it, and my daydreams are starving without it.


Listen to Feature on bandcamp.

Madalyn Trewin, a scrawny Australian teenager, who is feeding her obsession with dogs, David Lynch and Daniel Johnston twenty-four hours a day. If not that, she's writing about things she likes and saturating her friends in glitter so she can take photos of them to post onto her blog.