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Horseback - On the Eclipse [7-inch] (Cover Artwork)

Horseback

Horseback: On the Eclipse [7-inch]On the Eclipse [7-inch] (2012)
Brutal Panda Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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Horseback went in some interesting new Americana directions on Halfblood; the On the Eclipse 7" serves as a bridge between it and the group's older, spacier sound. If anything, its two sides could be labeled "new sound" and "old sound." Either way, it's good stuff. "On the Eclipse" sounds like a .


Horseback went in some interesting new Americana directions on Halfblood; the On the Eclipse 7" serves as a bridge between it and the group's older, spacier sound. If anything, its two sides could be labeled "new sound" and "old sound." Either way, it's good stuff.

"On the Eclipse" sounds like a Halfblood B-side, as it follows a similar, slinking pattern. The track packs a whole lot of psychedelic Americana organ and shambling drums. Acoustic guitars shimmer throughout, making it a rather pretty song, yet again highlighting the discrepancy between the music and Jenks Miller's demonic vocals. He injects the tunes with power, and puts just enough fuzz on the recording that he almost makes sense in this context. Mostly, though, he sounds like a nightmare ripping through an otherwise pristine setting. The juxtaposition is pretty cool.

Horseback's older material has been described as bearing a Krautrock influence, and that sounds more apt for B-side "Broken Orb." Again opening with twinkling keys, this time around Horseback has a more pronounced electronic texture. An instrumental tune, "Broken Orb" serves to chill out the listener after the comparatively aggressive "On the Eclipse." In a sense, it serves the same purpose as the Hallucigenia Suite did on Half Blood. Which is to say, this shit is gold.

 

 
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VitusWizard (October 7, 2012)

Fully dig this 7'', first heard of them from CVLT nation, glad i came by this.

thus_spoke_sean (October 5, 2012)

sounds interesting. I thought the vocals were too high in the mix on Half Blood. This took the vocals out of context for me, I really liked the lo-fi-ness of the earlier recordings not only for how the band sounds, but how the vocals got lost in it all. Seemed to make more sense that way. On half blood I felt like they floated on top and were a bit out of place.

preston (October 5, 2012)

This EP is great. I was actually hoping some of the Krautrock influences would show on Half Blood. Still dig everything Miller's done with Horseback from the more ambient stuff to the evil southern jammers.

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