This is body music, provided your body is a wet noodle blasted by an industrial fan. Horse Lords' members pull from Saharan desert blues, krautrock, jazz and the band Television for building blocks that simultaneously tumble and rebuild, with repeating patterns that demand movement.
The Baltimore band's third full-length, Interventions, is the best possible representation of that movement. "Truthers" opens the album in a dizzying circle of guitar and bass, tuned to just-intonation for some hypnotic microtonal funk. Andrew Bernstein, who goes note-for-note with the strings on the sax, tells NPR that M.C. Schmidt (Matmos) and Jamie Burkart's video — a rhythmic cascade of glitchy shapes and letters — perfectly represents Horse Lords' musical philosophy.
I feel like M.C. and Jamie's video mirrors our music in the way they work with simple materials to build complex forms, using repetition with subtle variation to arrive at trance-inducing rhythms. The stark black-and-white of their materials gives way to a wealth of color, but ultimately the video is not all abstract forms, but includes text ("Horse Lords") and is a text inserted into Horse Lords' greater body of work.
Interventions is out today on Northern-Spy.
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