For someone with so many famous heads stuck on poles outside his jungle hut, you’d expect he’d put a little more “brag” into it. But the soft-spoken Eric Drew Feldman lets his keyboard playing do the talking for him. When you’ve recorded and played live with a twisted array of musical talent that includes Captain Beefheart, the Residents, Snakefinger, Pere Ubu, the Pixies, PJ Harvey and Polyphonic Spree, you don’t have to blow any hot air into your own balloon. Speaking from his San Francisco home, Feldman touched on the high points of a marvelous career like a flat stone skipping over the surface of a mountain lake. His latest project, kNIFE & fORK’s The Higher You Get The Rarer The Vegetation, is out now via Frank Black’s The Bureau label. Feldman will be also guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new Q&A with him.
Feldman: I’m not exactly sure why people like to stand around at a museum and look at art. When I see the stuff that really connects, I feel all of the pain and doubt of the creator, and I often get a stomachache or a headache or dizzy, or all three. In its way, visual art cuts to the chase the fastest of all the arts. I can listen to so-called dark music and feel exhilarated, but paintings can just stick a knife right into the heart.
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