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Heart Like Feathers renews this Seattle-based singer/songwriter's cult-hero status with a collection of insinuating tunes inviting comparisons with Leonard Cohen, Ron Sexsmith, and similar bards of the bittersweet. Deeble’s parched, breathy vocals give him the air of a seasoned traveler on life’s bohemian fringes. In dreamlike fashion, his images of ordinary life and private fantasy blend in tracks like “Scarecrow,” “Undertow,” and the album’s title number. Moving beyond personal confession, he turns “Hearing Voices, Seeing Ghosts” into a shadowy yet compelling character portrait. A fine cast of support players helps keep Heart Like Feathers aloft, with Amanda Lawrence’s viola work and Anna Lynne Williams’s background vocals making particularly crucial contributions. Hope finally bursts through the album’s dark clouds on “Sunflower,” featuring a guest appearance by Deeble’s old friend Victoria Williams. It closes an album’s worth of finely wrought songs, tinged with sadness and redeemed by compassion.

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Heart Like Feathers Makes the Unbeautiful Beautiful

Titled “Heart Like Feathers,” you’d expect Robert Deebles’s latest full-length release to be light and airy, and for the most part, it is. I first listened to Deeble’s album on a very windy fall morning. Despite the blistery weather outside, I felt calm and safe inside with “Heart Like Feathers” filling the room.
Enchanting strings, harmonious voices and a simple snare weave themselves throughout the album and soothe the soul. One would expect the same lyrically, but quite the opposite is true. Deeble’s poetry forces listeners to critically examine their closest relationships; including relationships to self, others and God.
In the second song, “Suzanne,” the main character is reprimanded by the words, “the trouble that comes from the company you keep…all the secrets you keep… do they echo in your sleep?”
Layers of relational questions follow in “Eucharist” as Deeble sings, “I think it’s kind of strange, we get so close we get estranged.” Then he humbly sings, “Bless me father I'm a mess.” These words paint a perfect picture of the place we often find ourselves, yet refuse to admit.
The honesty continues in “Weeds.” “I have never felt like this, so discontent and aimless,” sings Deeble in a song expressing the need for individuals to search for one another in each others weeds.
Musically, the album takes a bit of a shift starting with “The Colors of Dying” which begins in true etheral Deeble form, but then ends getting as close to funky guitar work as a folksinger can come. “Scarecrow” and “Sunflower” follow suit with fun poppy-beats.
The final light-hearted tracks complete the album’s story. Deeble’s honesty, poetry and melodies constantly bring the listener to a place of contemplation. The title track tells the message that perhaps you are meant to understand by album’s end, that, “Salvation comes like a wrecking ball, in a plume of dust and, a heart like feathers.” Salvation, it seems may be more about getting there than being there.
Those already familiar with Deeble’s work will enjoy the familiar beats, strings and harmonies, with the likes of Victoria Williams, that have made us loyal fans. Those new to Deeble should expect to enjoy a whimsical and introspective journey through the mind of one of the most humble sages of our time. ”Heart Like Feathers” is like a mini-spa for your mind. It will stretch you, push you and rejuvenate you - and you’ll be better for it in the end.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Robert Deeble's spirit-infused lyrics are paired with a subtle, minimalist style that echoes old folk heroes like Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake. His first album, released with his band, Days Like These, was a critical success and featured a duet with Victoria Williams, "Rock A Bye." Days Like These never performed outside of the L.A. area and disbanded soon after their first release. His second album, a solo effort entitled Earthside Down, was released in 1998 and featured the production work of Anthony...
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