“Hope is the Thing with Feathers”
Guy Capecelatro III’s new album “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” is a sublime listen, a stirring meditation on mortality. “Hope is the Thing with Feathers” came out of a dark, dark turn in my life when, last February, my wife was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of cancer” says Capecelatro. “The year has been terrifying and debilitating, rife with a wide range of treatments and hospital visits. In the thick of all this, I was able to funnel some of what we were dealing with into song”.
Capecelatro’s always been a literary songwriter; each song a short story, a character study. This album, taken as a whole, is his most honest and open account of all the feelings, the big decisions and the minutiae that are at the heart of his current experiences.
These songs explore sadness, frustration, anger and fear. But importantly- crucially, these are love songs. These are songs of life. Still.
The thirteen tracks that ended up on the album were culled from over twenty-five that grew out of the whole experience. Capecelatro approached his longtime friend, the multi-instrumentalist Chris Decato to take on the task of helping to realize the album. Decato took the bare-boned songs, carefully layered many instruments, and transformed it into the stunning, beautifully arranged “Hope” album.
“Hope is the Thing with Feathers” is heart-swelling and breathtaking. A fearless and monumental work. Capecelatro at his best.
The album features an array of guest vocalists, including Jocelyn Mackenzie (Pearl and the Beard), Anna Vogelzang, Jason Anderson (Strand of Oaks), Juliet Nelson, Gregg Porter (The Bikes, Unbunny), Peter Squires (Landladys, The Farthest Forests), Mara Flynn, Seth Gooby & Isis Alis-Gooby (Breakfastsong), Jim Rioux (Darlings of the Soil), and Jarid del Deo (Unbunny). Other guests include Emily Hope Price (Pearl and the Beard) and Jerusha Robinson (Brown Bird, South China), who both played cello and sang; and Jeremy Robinson (Brown Bird, South China) who played guitar.
The cover artwork is a piece by Chicago-based artist Diana Sudyka, which Capecelatro says “really resonated with me and felt like the perfect image for what was contained inside.”
- Chris Hislop interviews Guy Capecelatro about the album
- “His magnum opus” – The Sound