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Spook The Horses - Album Review: People Used To Live Here

07 Dec 2017 // A review by Terry McIntosh

Atmospheric bordering on doom is what encapsulates this somewhat gloomy affair. This has previously been described as post metal, and there is a lot of darkness but this is in by no means a metal release and it wanders down the path of alternative music in my mind.

During my research I discovered a few things about these guys. One of the most interesting was that they are all multi instrumentalists who will often switch instruments between songs. Also more specific to this album was that this particular album was written and recorded over several years and Wellington winters. The dark and blustery weather of a port sea can certainly flavour music and this is a perfect example of that. Abandoned and alone is what this album is meant to express and sonically it will take you on that journey. You can see pictures of an apocalyptic city in black and white in your mind.

Another interesting point was that the writing process was described as improv sessions that over time turned into songs. This is a stripped back model from the formula that made up the previous album and provides for a more cohesive and listenable experience yet probably being their most challenging and thought provoking release to date. It’s interesting to see how something that seems so minimal and simple, yet is so consuming and captivating. It often blows my mind just thinking about how bands play this stuff live, mainly because of the journey the music takes you on. It would be very simple to get lost in your thoughts and wanderings. I often find my mind meandering as I let the music take me, I can only imagine how much more that would be amplified during performance.

Gone are the distorted guitars and left behind are mostly clean tones, melodic tunes and trips in your mind. This is the next incarnation or evolution of Spook The Horses and creating a discography well worth exploring. I love bands that write songs that take you away, on a journey or just to your happy place. Here’s the start to another trail. Check out Lurch, the first single on YouTube for a visual feast.


Review written by Terry McIntosh

 

About Spook The Horses

Spook the Horses are a heavy post-rock band from Wellington, New Zealand. The band formed as a four piece in 2009. Zach replaced Callum as drummer in 2010, and the group started arranging and finalising tracks for their first album, 'Brighter' which was released in December, 2011.

The band layers three guitars, synthesiser and samples with bass and drums to create monumental songs that are at once saturated and spacious. Desperate vocals sparsely punctuate the mostly-instrumental tracks. The album expands upon the textural sonic landscapes familiar from Spook the Horses’ live shows.


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Releases

People Used To Live Here
Year: 2017
Type: Album
Rainmaker
Year: 2015
Type: Album
Brighter
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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