The Ruffled FeathersÂ re-released their debut self-titled EP in October 2010 under the new name ofÂ Lost Cities, which features six original songs by band membersÂ Charley Wu, Gina Loes, Andrew Lee, Sam McKinnonÂ andÂ Matty Jeronimo. I had the pleasure of interviewing the band on-air in January and you can read up on the magic we createdÂ here.
As it goes I have a crush on these wonderful people and that hasn’t change now that I listen to their album weeks later. Their sound is whimsical and is sweet to the ears. Andrew’s trumpet solos are especially delicious. But, don’t be fooled by the pleasant music these talented souls create. If you take a moment to listen closely you will realize the light melodies are the backdrop to deep poetic lyrics that cover a myriad of topics from love, to politics, to religion. There is a lot of Charlie in these lyrics. He’s pure visionary and can think up mad poetry. My personal favourite stanza is from the songÂ “Close”, “And in the dark//You took me apart//And put me back together//Got me working’ even better than I started”. Gina’s soft voice adds to the mystical element of The Ruffled Feathers and is the cherry on top of this exceptional sundae.
If you are looking for power ballads and intense guitar riffs you won’t find it onÂ Lost Cities. But listening to this album is akin to reading adventure stories as a child of new worlds full of talking animals, dragons and a beautiful princess in a tower, named Paloma.