Tickley Feather: Tickley Feather
PopMatters Interviews Editor
Annie Sachs is a bit of an oddball: a single mother with a four-track and a sense of abstract musicality that would automatically make her a 100% match with Ariel Pink on OKCupid. Yet where Ariel Pink is laser-focused on making his songs sound like long-lost Nuggets, Sachs—here under her Tickley Feather moniker—seems to be a bit lost in her synth-happy oddball creations. Some tracks are nothing more than one-off blips of random keyboard improvisations (“Noisey Dingle”) and looped voice crescendos (the aptly-titled “Ooooo”), all while mingling with sound samples of her son speaking in Dreamsongs and songs that are barely held together by any sense of melody (the grating “Convention”, for example). Those few times when Tickley’s magic works, however, are solid lo-fi compositions: the fantastic “Night Chant” sounds like the demo for a bigger, poppier indie-dance track, “Keyboards is Drunk” is Regina Spektor without a budget, and “Le Daylight” is the theme song to a Public Access TV show that exists only in our collective minds. Tickley Feather’s eponymous debut is a decisively mixed bag of crazed Casio noodling, but then again, upsetting expectations is exactly what sophomore albums are for.
Evan Sawdey began contributing to PopMatters in late 2005 after contributing for years to his college newspaper The Knox Student
. Evan became the Associate Interviews Editor for PopMatters in the summer of 2008, and then the full Interviews Editor a year after that. Since joining, Evan's work has been written for and been quoted/featured in a wide array of publications including SLUG Magazine, The Metro (U.K.), Soundvenue Magazine (Denmark), the Daily Dot, and multiple national newspapers. Evan has been a guest on WNYC's Soundcheck (an NPR affiliate), was the Executive Producer for the Good With Words: A Tribute to Benjamin Durdle
album (available for free at GoodWithWordsAlbum.com
), and wrote the liner notes for the 2011 re-release of Andre Cymone's hit 1985 album A.C.
(Big Break Records) and the 2012 re-releases of Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder's standalone 1985 pop effort
(Virgin/Gold Legion), the JoBoxers' 1983 debut album Like Gangbusters
, 'Til Tuesday's 1985 debut Voices Carry
, and Plastic Bertrand's 1978 album AN 1
(all Hot Shot Records). He is a current member of The Recording Academy and resides in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow him @SawdEye
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