Here’s where we’re coming from: About two years ago, we became fascinated and fully enthralled with an album entitled “Where We’re Coming From” by Eagle Winged Palace, a shining light of psych-folk songcraft that still finds its way on to the Turntable of the Apes with alarming frequency. This in turn led to a connection with one of the contributors to this Palace, Michelle Vidal – who we interviewed for this very site at the tail-end of 2010.
At the time, Michelle was at the very beginning stages of working on her own solo material. A lot has changed since then – seasons, songs, states of mind – which has led to many of these songs being born and reborn for inclusion within a new project called The Fur Traders.
Primarily a collaboration between Vidal, Nathan Van Hala and Will Scott, the debut EP by The Fur Traders is ready to be unleashed upon the world – thanks to the success of a Kickstarter campaign just hours away from completion.
Together with an extended cast of friends – including such Apes-faves as Brian Filosa of The Whispering Pines, Kirpatrick Thomas of Spindrift and Guy Blakeslee of The Entrance Band – The Fur Traders have crafted an EP that is … well, what is it?
In Vidal’s words, “It is not super-psych – it is more of roots-influenced: Doors-ey, Otis Redding-ish, some Deep Purple … there’s a John Prine cover.”
Of course, our fondness for Vidal’s previous musical contributions to our life notwithstanding, the day we turn down those taking direct influence from Deep Purple is the day we close up the Revolt. Let The Fur Traders be unleashed.