Twin Horses

Twin Horses

by Spiritual Front

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Overview

Twin Horses

Twin Horses is a split offering from Lydia Lunch, guitarist Cypress Grove, and Italian dark folk outfit Spiritual Front. It is a complementary match. Lunch and Grove -- as evidenced by their work on the Jeffrey Lee Pierce tributes and their A Fistful of Desert Blues from 2014 -- have woven together various strains of blues, folk, noir-ish American Gothic, roots rock, and cinematic atmospherics into an identity. Spiritual Front, led by enigmatic chansonnier and guitarist Simone Salvatori, have been around since 1999. Their meld of neo-classical, doomy rock, various European, Mediterranean, and South American folk and cabaret styles melds concept and mood with considerable musical craft and charismatic force. Lunch and Grove open the album with one of two covers. Nikki Sudden's "Death Is Hanging Over Me" features (uncharacteristically) Grove on lead vocals and Lunch as his duet partner. Its instruments are sparsely strummed acoustic and reverbed electric slide guitars. "Rising Moon" is an eerie waltz, carried by the Lunch's voice atop acoustic slide guitar, banjo, percussion, and ambient textures. Full of foreboding, it could have come right out of a James M. Cain novel. Their other cover is the Eagles' "Hotel California." It scrapes the sheeny surface to get down inside its desert country feel and, as spoken/sung by Lunch, offers myriad layers of the lyric's meaning -- not without twisted humor and irony, either. Salvatori's subterranean grain of a voice is the male counterpart to Lunch's -- deep, ragged, and expressive. Spiritual Front's songs criss-cross their vision of spaghetti western-infused Americana ("Buried Front") with a doomed, Morricone-esque sensuality ("My Name Is Written in the Ashes of Mouraria") courtesy of elegant, even graceful horns, and a flat-out trance-like Gothic rock à la the Sisters of Mercy ("Dear Lucifer"). Their cover here is an artfully rendered acoustic version of W.A.S.P.'s "L.o.v.e. Machine." Their performances, arrangements, and writing are confident and strong. Twin Horses is a curious offering but a solid one; its unmistakably tragic romantic vision is both memorable and unsettling.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2015
Label: Rustblade
UPC: 4250137202990
catalogNumber: 47
Rank: 129062

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spiritual Front   Primary Artist
Willie Love   Percussion,Guest Appearance
Lydia Lunch   Guitar,Vocals
Cypress Grove   Bass,Vocals
Philippe Petit   Keyboards,Guest Appearance
Jeff Zentner   Banjo,Mandolin,Guest Appearance
Jordan Reyne   Background Vocals,Group Member
Fabio Colucci   Percussion,Background Vocals,Classical Guitar,Group Member
Massimo Guerra   Trumpet,Alto Horn,Group Member
Simone Salvatori   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Classical Guitar,Group Member
Suzie Stapleton   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Mick Cozens   Guitar,Harmonica,Guest Appearance
Riccardo Galati   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Classical Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

Don Henley   Composer
Lydia Lunch   Composer
Nikki Sudden   Composer
Don Felder   Composer
Glenn Frey   Composer
Cypress Grove   Composer
Fabio Colucci   Arranger,Programming,Engineer
Simone Salvatori   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Elena Bellato   Artwork,Paintings
Riccardo Galati   Arranger

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