released March 25, 2011
Starlight Drive is the work of DC indie songwriter Jared Featherstone in collaboration with several similarly afflicted friends. The songs are contemplative and sometimes dark, but always seem to have a hopeful thread holding everything together. Acoustic guitars are balanced by the atmosphere of subtle keyboards and backing vocals. A practicing fiction writer, Featherstone brings a literary element to the lyrics, weaving in images and ideas that provoke thought without weighing down the songs.
Reviews by press and fans have compared Starlight Drive to Sufjan Stevens, Elliott Smith, My Bloody Valentine, Death Cab for Cutie, Red House Painters, Pernice Brothers, Slowdive, and Iron and Wine.
Featherstone was one of the founders of long-running D.C. shoegaze/powerdrone band Zoothead, who was signed to D.C.’s hip DeepReverb Records in 1996, releasing two full-length CDs and a 7-inch single. He also played with Davis White (Lorelei) in the Alice Despard Group.
More recently, he played with D.C. heroes Washington Social Club, who had songs placed on HBO, ABC, and the CW. With the Social Club, he performed at festivals like South by Southwest and CMJ and with bands like Klaxons, All American Rejects, Georgie James, Matthew Sweet, Donnie Hue and the Colors, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, and Interpol.
After spending over decade making music in the nation’s capitol, Featherstone continues to develop as an indie singer/songwriter in Staunton, VA.
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