by Dave Segal
on Tue, Oct 30, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Well, this is unexpected. Eight Midwestern bands you've probably never heard of cover Felt's lost 1986 classic on Creation Records, Forever Breathes the Lonely Word, with competent reverence. Felt were a cult British rock band led by Lawrence, a neurotic, bookish conflation of Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Tom Verlaine, and every doomed, Romantic poet you never read in college.
Once you hear one Felt release, you find yourself craving to hear every one of 'em. They created their own distinctive sonic and lyrical universe, released 10 albums in 10 years, and then called it a career—all very tidy and cavalier. My favorites are Crumbling the Antiseptic Beauty and The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories, both of which feature sublime guitarist Maurice Deebank, whose delicate, ornate spangles imbued Felt's songs with a muted splendor. Do yourself a favor and explore their catalog.