Friday, January 18, 2013

Dark Horses - Traps

Brighton sextet Dark Horses' press release comes with plenty of high class signifiers - Artrocker single of the year, Sigur Ros and Beck supports, "rumoured Stone Roses supports and Mercury Prize nominations" whatever that means, Death In Vegas' Richard Fearless producing their album Black Music, which we seem to have slept on as it came out last October. They didn't need to claim any of that, to be honest - just mentioning that bassist Harry Bohay-Nowell is the son of Vernon Dudley Bohay-Nowell from the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band would have been more than enough to pique STN's interest. You can see what Fearless saw in this brand of wound-up spiralling prairie dankness, singer Lisa Elle making for a temptress of a frontwoman as everyone else invokes Mazzy Star-like dusty spectralism. It's nothing that fans of, say, Howling Bells, Duke Spirit or late 90s PJ Harvey won't be largely familiar with but it's more than engaging in its ethereal siren qualities.

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