Leah Greenblatt
April 02, 2010 AT 09:58 PM EDT

Image Credit: Alicia J. RoseI seem to have a unlimited capacity for pastoral, pensive folk—I love it the way children love their favorite threadbare blanket, or the Hamburglar loves beef patties on a bun. And so I am celebrating the news that Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers will release their third album, Thistled Spring, on Kill Rock Stars April 20.

Frontman Justin Ringle inevitably draws comparisons to Sam Beam of Iron & Wine, and they’re not wrong; both unfurl their delicate acoustic ramblings with the same sort of whispery, lean-in-to-hear-me intimacy. (Also: beards). But I would recommend Thistled to anyone with Cass McCombs, Bon Iver, Will Oldham, and even Horse Feathers’ own onetime KRS labelmate Elliott Smith in their rainy (or any) day playlists.

Stream “Belly of June,” from Thistled, below:

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