Inevitably, as another musical year dawns, we begin to move from the favourites that kept us company the previous 364 days and speculate at which bands might fuel our fire during the next 12 months.
Returning to those focusing on their debut this year, as well as returning to home base in Brooklyn, and the unseasonally warm, tropical grooves of Dinosaur Feathers.
After tuning into the calypso rhythms to be found on the free EP Early Morning Risers last summer, I've consistently come back to the addictive sound delivered by those 4 tracks. In the depths of winter, Dinosaur Feathers provide a bubble of summer heat to carry us through the frozen months.
MP3: Dinosaur Feathers - History Lessons
Further fuel to this fire is the scheduled release of their first album, Fantasy Memorial, due in early March. The first song pulled from the record is Vendela Vida, a characteristically laid back effort that breezes in on Flamenco-style acoustic guitar, pumps in some thumping synth beats, and dusts the surface with light percussive embellishments for good measure. It's a solid hint that we can expect a similarly gentle joyousness from the full length as the band accomplished with the EP. A listening experience tailor made for a gorgeous summer is a safe bet, on this evidence.
Still gigging locally for the moment, the band has begun to garner attention from both the blogging community and the more traditional world of print media, with recent coverage in the Village Voice and Deli Magazine. Unsurprising, given the proximity of some of their music to indie darlings Animal Collective, but well deserved nonetheless.
If they can continue to build on this with a cracking album and wider touring, the star of Dinosaur Feathers will continue its ascendancy throughout 2010. So get in there early, have a listen, and pre order that new stuff post haste.