Staff Pick: Night Beds’ falsetto folk is derivative but gorgeous

By Columbus Alive
From the June 20, 2013 edition

We’ve reached the point when Fleet Foxes is a primary influence. Winston Yellen, the wistful whimper behind Night Beds, clearly spent a lot of time since basking in Robin Peckinold’s warm, woodsy glow. He probably nabbed those Bon Iver records too, as long as we’re talking about rustic cabin falsetto folk-rock bands that broke out in 2008 and graduated to headliner status in 2011.

Anyone who fell for those bands — and trust me, there’s a lot of us — will feel a similar flicker when happening upon Country Sleep, Yellen’s debut album for Dead Oceans. The guy’s still finding a voice of his own, but even few students have mastered these sounds so fully and powerfully.

Jenny O opens Saturday’s show at The Basement.