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Free-spirited Little Wings tunesmith Kaisle Feeled’s coastal introspection experience.
Text and photos by Erik R. Bluhm
Originally published in Arthur Magazine. No. 13, available from The Arthur Store
Malibu, California June 2004—I stumbled into their camp by following a small trail up from the beach. Rows of rocks were laid out in some places like arrows pointing the way. On top of a small bluff it sat, a geometrically-shaped brown paper structure about the size of a delivery van. As I walked up, the paper door was pushed aside and a deeply-tanned young man emerged. I immediately recognized him as Kaisle from the record jackets. He wore sandals, a fringed vest made of the same paper as the tent and no shirt.
“Grow,” he greeted. “Welcome to Energy.”
The two of us sat on a Navajo blanket that was set out on the grass to observe the ocean below. We were joined by two others who Kaisle introduced as Arrak, tall and bearded, and Nice Chichen, an attractive young woman in braids and a mini-poncho.
“I met these two at a folk club north of Morro Bay,” explained Kaisle, slowly tracing an arc in the air between Arrak sitting Indian-style at his side and Nice Chichen who was offering a platter of cold lentils and kelp salad. “They began an intricate interpretive dance as I was performing. Very expressive. We decided to move south together.”
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A new song from Little Wings, courtesy the wonderful folks at Marriage Records.
Little Wings is Kyle Field and whoever he’s collaborating with at the moment. He’s part of the West Coast’s New Energy movement, profiled by Erik R. Bluhm (of Great God Pan fame) way back in Arthur No. 13.
A song from Little Wings is also featured on Devendra Banhart’s 2004 Arthur compilation, Golden Apples of the Sun, which is still available for $12US from Ye Olde Arthur Store here.