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You Either Get Hands or Get Wings

by Fellaheen

Strange music for strange times ... in the tradition of eccentric and yet accessible music of the last 50 years, from the Beatles to Tom Waits to Vampire Weekend
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Your Folly and Mine
3:21 $0.99
2. Pomegranate Heart
3:20 $0.99
3. You Either Get Hands or Get Wings
2:31 $0.99
4. Kiss You Goodnight
5:14 $0.99
5. Ballads of the Fall
2:37 $0.99
6. Amateur Night
3:53 $0.99
7. Pantomime Horse
3:46 $0.99
8. Air Guitar, With Broken Strings
4:09 $0.99
9. Timbuktu
2:42 $0.99
10. Gradually Then Suddenly
4:20 $0.99
11. Hands or Wings (Reprise)
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Album Notes
“Armed with oddball, brilliant compositions containing humor, verve, alacrity, and mysteriousness, [Fellaheen’s] songs play out as a cinematic noir soundtrack to a movie that doesn’t exist. Bruce Hanson plays the world-weary, self-destructive private dick hellbent on solving the vicissitudes of his own psyche.”
— Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly

“Fellaheen continues to knock out downbeat existential blues fused with surreal jazz held together with whisky soaked gypsy hellfire lyrics to die young to. This is how it’s supposed to be, all ye pretenders to the throne. It’s a rare treat to hear raw, soulful, alt-country sound so original and pleasantly beat-up when produced this way.”
— Tim Merricks, Americana UK

“Songwriter and Fellaheen mastermind Bruce Hanson still has that indefinable ‘it’ seven releases into his career, continually producing music that is as dark and turbulent as it is bright and uplifting.”
— Jedd Beaudoin, Pop Matters

“You just gotta admire the ambition, ingenuity and imagination at work.... [Fellaheen] skillfully blends elements of moody jazz, gritty blues, and melodic alternative rock into a fresh, compelling and harmonic synthesis. The cool, raspy vocals likewise hit the soulful spot. Ditto the quirky, yet incisive lyrics. Best of all, there’s a hypnotic smoky atmosphere evident throughout which adds immensely to the sonic richness of this inspired oddball project.”
— Joe Wawyrnizak, Jersey Beat Magazine


For help with naming Fellaheen’s new album, "You Either Get Hands or Get Wings," group leader and songwriter Bruce Hanson found inspiration in an intrepid member of the Italian urban landscape.

“Last summer, I was sitting in a street café in Rome. There was a pigeon near my table, with a piece of string wrapped around its foot. It was pecking at the string feverishly, trying to free itself of it. My drinking companion observed, ‘I bet that pigeon wishes it had hands right about now.’ I replied, with a little chianti-inspired wit, ‘Well, you either get hands or get wings.’ And the waitress goes, ‘Ooooh...’ “

"You Either Get Hands or Get Wings" offers a wide range of moods and modes, building on and expanding upon the palette of alt-rock, scratchy blues, Americana, downbeat jazz, and the lyrical, literate wit that informed Fellaheen’s 2012 release, the critically-acclaimed “Death & Frolic.” That album won Fellaheen a legion of new fans, and brought with it increased exposure and airplay worldwide for the band’s music.

“Over the past few years, I’ve had the privilege of working with incredible, fearless, and death-defying musicians,” Hanson says. “Once we began recording the new album, they all gave generously of their time and talents. I tried to write interesting songs to put in front of them, and then just let them do their thing.” Initial sessions were held at Seaside Lounge Studios in Brooklyn, with subsequent sessions taking place throughout the N.Y. /N.J. /Pa. tri-state area.

“Musically, 'Hands or Wings' has everything that we could wring out of our instruments and the studio setting,” Hanson reports. “There are creaky two-steps, string quartet madrigals, weepy canzonets, strategic silences, a gospel waltz, a dirge arranged for field organ and criminally abused cellos, a dose or two country twang, and a couple of nice, bouncy bossa novas.”

Listeners who have discovered Fellaheen’s previous releases are equally drawn to Hanson’s idiosyncratic, heartfelt, humorous, and philosophical lyrical turns as to the eccentric yet accessible music. “It’s really gratifying to hear that people find connection to and meaning within the words—because I agonize over them,” Hanson confides. “For this new album, I honed in on themes about the perils of the creative process—not to mention: synesthesia, metaphorical fruit, natural selection as a kind of cosmic joke, the march of folly, and (returning to thoughts of my Italian avian friend) pigeon superstitions. I’m gratified that listeners are willing to come along wherever the muse takes me.”

So, in the end, whether you’ve wound up with hands or wings, you’re guaranteed a wild and rewarding ride with Fellaheen.



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