Published Jul 14, 2008I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that Seattle's Feral Children aren't made up of actual feral children. Although that would be one of the most amazing things ever heard. Imagine Kasper Hauser, "Alex the Dog Boy," and Tarzan (on drums, naturally). I'm guessing that'd be one primal noise outfit there.
Instead, Feral Children are a beardy fivesome that only look and sound like they were raised alone in the wilderness, possibly by a range of animals who somehow had the capacity to teach them music and composition. Ahem.
Last year's Second to the Last Frontier (produced by Scott Colburn, who's worked with Arcade Fire and Animal Collective) was an undiscovered gem filled with tribal rhythms galore, eclectic melodies and plenty of experimental vim that's just now getting some blog love.
"Jaundice Giraffe" is as weird as it sounds, with creeping synths, slo-mo bass drum, jungle voices whispering harmonies in the dark, and singer Jeff Keenan barking mad lines. While there are ample moments where they could go off on racket-fuelled tangents, the five keep their inner animals under control. Still, the chant of "They love your yellow skin" is unsettling every time I play this song, mostly because of the imagery I can't ever seem to avoid. Poor little guy...
P.S. You can download a free four-song EP featuring selections from Second to the Last Frontier, courtesy of the band's label Sarathan, by clicking here.
Feral Children "Jaundice Giraffe"