Lush and swampy soundscapes, supremely detailed, building and breaking apart, conjuring imagery of flight and folly. Thriftworks seems to specialize in thumbing his nose to traditional pop music – constructing an engaging and unique sound that ruffles feathers and sends shivers down your spine. As with anything that breaks new musical ground, sometimes it takes more than a first listen. Each track is densely layered, drawing the audience into a state of contemplative meditation. Beautifully strange, The Feather and the Sword displays a maturation to an already unique sound. Lyrical plumage that both tickles and cuts is nested deeply into the futuristic instrumentation of a gold-hearted mad man.