Brighton’s own melancholic collective Dark Horses will release their debut album Black Music in North America this week (4/2) via Last Gang. The new record, which came out in the UK last October, features a handful of slow burning compositions that are equally catchy and rich in emotional variety.
Dark Horses have gained notoriety over the last few years from touring with prolific acts such as Tame Impala and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, whose bassist Robert Levon Been even shares a vocal track on the band’s single ‘Radio’.
Favourites on Black Music include the submissive ‘Traps’ and the ballad ‘Sanningen Om Dig’ which praises Lisa Elle’s soothing voice on the one Swedish treat of the release. Tracks such as the bubbly ‘Boxing Day’ and atmospheric ‘S.U.N.’ balance out the record with a resonance beaming from all angles, making for an elegant drift away from the monotone clutch of the first few songs. Putting a twist on the Talking Heads, the band excels with ‘Road To Nowhere’ in a credible rendition of the 1985 single.
Fans of darker and slow brooding music like that of Atticus Ross and BRMC will enjoy Dark Horses, as it is a far leap away from the upbeat and recycled indie of today. Black Music proves to be an impressive and well-produced album that showcases the mass amount of talent within the UK once again.
Preview some of the tracks on the album here: https://soundcloud.com/darkhorsesmusic