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Black Music

Black Music

by Dark Horses
     
 

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Following the success of their hypnotic singles "Radio" and "Alone," Dark Horses took a somewhat unexpected direction with their debut album Black Music. The band enlisted Death in Vegas' Richard Fearless as producer, and he emphasizes their eclectic, psychedelic side

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Following the success of their hypnotic singles "Radio" and "Alone," Dark Horses took a somewhat unexpected direction with their debut album Black Music. The band enlisted Death in Vegas' Richard Fearless as producer, and he emphasizes their eclectic, psychedelic side rather than their skills as a sinisterly catchy rock band. The opening track "Rose" doesn't begin Black Music so much as summon it into being with Lisa Elle's mantra-like singing, serene microtonal guitars, and a deeply trippy bassline. It's not the most obvious start to an album, and the appearance of songs like this and the churning "No Dice" early on detract from a clear sense of momentum. However, Black Music's highlights are worth the wait, and there are plenty of them: the implosive intensity of songs like "Radio" and "Traps" show why Dark Horses became friends and collaborators with Kasabian (whose Thomas Meighan shows up on the duet "Count Me In") and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. On these songs and the percolating "Alone" -- which suggests a less blues-indebted version of the Kills -- Elle is a mistress of minimalism, conveying more with a breathy whisper or slight snarl than other singers do with a full-bore wail. Elsewhere, the band show off their range with "Boxing Day," which sparkles and throbs to a Motorik beat that proves they can incorporate electronic elements into their sound more convincingly than many of their contemporaries. This willingness to try everything gets the band into trouble sometimes: interludes like "Chain Chant" and the title track contribute little to the album except extra running time. Then again, some of the detours they take, like the cover of Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere" and "Sannigen Om Dig," an eerie ballad Elle sings in her native Swedish, are welcome palate cleansers after some of the trippier excursions here. At nearly an hour long, Black Music might be a little too indulgent for its own good, but it's a grower that shows Dark Horses have more up their black-clad sleeves than might have been expected.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2013
Label:
Last Gang Records
UPC:
0060270146525
catalogNumber:
1465
Rank:
233660

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dark Horses   Primary Artist
Ali Tollervey   Group Member
Stephen Ingham   Drums,Group Member
Bobby Waterson   Synthesizer,Guitar,Group Member
Tommy Chain   Percussion,Group Member
Neil Whitcher   Guitar
Lisa Elle   Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
James Porch   Bass
Harry Bohay-Nowell   Electric Bass,Group Member
Dom Keen   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar
Andy Bang   Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

David Byrne   Composer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Richard Fearless   Arranger,Producer
Tomas Andersson Wij   Composer
Pablo Clements   Instrumentation
Toydrum   Arranger,Engineer
James Griffith   Instrumentation
James Greenwood   Instrumentation
Dark Horses   Composer
Bill Kibble   Engineer
Lisa Elle   Composer
Jessica Kibble   Engineer

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