Stream Horseback’s Black-Math Drone Masterpiece ‘Half Blood’
North Carolina magick-makers hypnotize, bludgeon on second Relapse release
As we enthusiastically tweet-reviewed earlier today, the fourth album from North Carolina dream warriors Horseback is “A Rhys Chatham guitar army eaten by black metal wolves; victorious Fuck Button drones burned at the stake.” In other words, it’s a hypnotic, triumphant exploration of grisly textures and endlessly looping rhythms that we would gladly get lost in. The brainchild of Chapel Hill guitarist Jenks Miller, Horseback is ostensibly a metal band (the album comes out on Relapse today), but there’s enough to love here if you’re a fan of Slint, Ennio Morricone, Glenn Branca, Tortoise or recent, piano-dropping Tim Hecker. The final track is something between the electronic hyper-minimalism of Gas and the cheery gloomgaze of Jesu. We don’t really know what the hell this all is, but we wouldn’t want to run into it in a dark forest.