(SXSW 2018 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #401: Febueder

By on Monday, 29th January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Name any major population centre in Great Britain, and names of famous artists from the place roll of your tongue. Manchester. London. Bristol. Sheffield. Glasgow. There are so many more. The heritage of successful artists leads to the support system and the infrastructure that will foster the acts of tomorrow. Fans’ memory of artists past from a city can hurt up-and-coming acts, too. Febueder won’t have to worry about either. The duo are from Ascot, most famous for its racecourse and that famous week in June where the well-to-do turn up in their finery and watch their favourite ponies run.

Nothing could be further from watching racehorses than the music Kieran Godfrey and Samuel Keysell make. Well, unless equine champions happen to like r&b. Febueder are yet another entry into the most recent crop of English, blue-eyed soul acts. However, unlike similar-sounding artists like Tender, Honne and others who we’ve featured here on TGTF, electronics are not a cornerstone of their sound. They’ve been knocking around for the last few years, flying so far under the radar I’d never heard of them until I came across their name on the third SXSW 2018 shout list released earlier this month. Earliest EP ‘Soap Carve’, a product of Febeuder when they were still a trio in 2013, featured the experimental, alt-J-sounding single ‘Alligator’, on which the percussion and vocals fought for supremacy.

Fast forward to 2017, when as a duo they released ‘Morning Yawn’, a single from their most recent EP ‘From an Album’. Whatever they have done in the last 4 years, it’s translated to a more focused vision for their music. There’s a catchy groove underlying these tracks. Does ‘Stilts’ and its driving dance beat the best representation of Febueder? Or is it ‘Hence Worth’, where Godfrey’s voice exudes both yearning and confidence and you’re driven to move to the music with a slow, smooth undulation? I’m honestly curious how well this comes together live, and we’ll get that chance at SXSW 2018 in March.

As with all of the SXSW 2018 showcasing artists we feature here at TGTF, this act’s appearance in Austin is subject to change. We recommend that you consult the official SXSW Music Festival schedule for the latest information and updates.

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