Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
An underrated gem gets its first digital release courtesy of Radioactive Records. The bizarrely-named Federal Duck made its appearance on the Musicor label in 1968. Formed by banjo exponent George Stavis, Federal Duck (nam... more »
An underrated gem gets its first digital release courtesy of Radioactive Records. The bizarrely-named Federal Duck made its appearance on the Musicor label in 1968. Formed by banjo exponent George Stavis, Federal Duck (named after the Federal Duck Stamp Program which was enacted by conservationist Jay "Ding" Darling and US President Franklin D Roosevelt in 1934) produced this lone musical effort which, once you get past the absurd cover, is a consistently good album that is mildly jazzy, wtih some fine bass and an ever-present darkish vibe. There are a few upbeat mold-breaking songs (one even sounds like the Holy Modal Rounders), but generally a soft-psych feel pervades throughout.
Disjointed, but with some lovely mournful folk-garage tunes
Kim Cooper | Hollywood, CA United States | 03/25/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"When I get my time machine working, maybe the eighteenth or nineteenth thing I'm gonna do is port back to the studio where the Federal Duck were making their (I assume-it's on Radioactive, so notes there's not) sole album, grab hold of the pseudonymous producer's lapels and hiss, "Listen, bub, you got an ace mournful New England garage pop songwriter in this George Stavis kid-so drop the rest of the repertoire and focus on the band genius and in 35 years fanzine writers will cream all over this disc instead of giving middling reviews that rely on that tired old time travel gimmick." The Stavis tunes really are strong enough to recommend the whole album, which when not working this haunting, wintery academic sound ala the Rising Storm plays around with neo-Vaudeville, heavy acid rock, old time banjos and a smattering of head humor, all played with sophistication and imaginatively arranged. Surprised I've never heard of these ducks before. (review originally appeared in Scram Magazine #22)"