At the start of the year, Standard Fare broke plenty of indie-poppers’ hearts when they announced their split after just two albums. Those hearts may be slightly healed though with lead singer Emma Kupa’s new project, Without Feathers.
Without Feathers sees Kupa team up with fellow Sheffield songsmith Nat Johnson (once of the much missed Monkey Swallows The Universe) and Norwich singer/songwriter Rory McVicar, and Three Songs is their first release, consisting of the first few songs the trio ever recorded. Each band member takes lead vocals on a track each, making it the perfect introduction to Without Feathers.
There’s an understandably rough feel to Three Songs, as they’re essentially demo versions, but there’s enough charm on display to make one rather excited about what’s to come. Kupa’s Scared And Worried is a comforting, Jeffrey Lewis-style acoustic stroll while McVicar’s I Do Believe conjures up the spirit of Jonathan Richman, with Kupa and Johnson’s vocals blending together beautifully. The highlight though is Nat Johnson’s Little Red Heart, a gorgeously winsome, stripped-down number which delicately tugs on the heartstrings in its all-too-quick three minutes.
Three Songs is available now to buy on a ‘pay what you want’ basis from the group’s Bandcamp page, and Without Feathers will be playing at the Indietracks Festival, with more dates to be confirmed shortly.