The unusual tales on this album were inspired by nonfiction ("The Hole in the Map," dedicated to Amazon explorer Percy Fawcett), film (The Usual Suspects) and television ("Where Is Everybody?" follows the first episode of The Twilight Zone). Ellington's classic Jubilee Stomp" is reimagined as Indiana Lana," a story about a speedy little girl who won the Indy 500 (on foot).
Carl L. Hager's liner notes describe Tales of the Unusual as a musical inquiry into that mysterious labyrinth at the distant edges of rational human behavior, a foggy moor equal parts chilling nightmare and blinding vision quest, vaudevillian adventure and paralytic terror." Despite the weird nature of some of these stories, common human emotions underlie themloneliness, longing, and unexpected joy. Award-winning artist Michael Ticcino, whose work has been featured in Nikon World magazine, created the cover and other photo-surreal composites for the album booklet.
Satirical songs of noncommitted lovers and nonhuman voices... zany observations... Ms. Feather's patter, sung with a conversational ease, suggests Dave Frishberg in double time mixed with the antic playfulness of Jon Hendricks."Stephen Holden, The New York Times
Lorraine Feather is one courageous writer. She executes this high-wire act without a net and lands on her feet every time."Alan Bergman