Horse Jumper of Love: So Divine – album review
Horse Jumper of Love
So Divine (Run For Cover Records)
To bastardise a phrase coined by Pixies, Horse Jumper of Love’s sophomore release, their debut on Run for Cover Records, could be described as quietquietloudish, as their often-mesmerising understated lo-fi tunes build slowly adding intricate noise sculptures and, only occasionally, building to a mellow crescendo.
The crescendos are a slow burn though. For most of the record you will be drifting along in Giannopoulos tantalizing world drawn in by alluring aural soundscapes, wondering where they will take you next. Delicate vocals and sympathetically plucked guitars give way to hypnotic smouldering riffs with rhythmic synchronous bass and drums adding to the trance like state being induced.
As existing fans of the band’s music will attest, Horse Jumper of Love aren’t going to have you jumping around your living room playing air guitar any time soon, rather they’ll have you sitting unflustered in introspective consideration absorbing the slow paced alt rock and letting the melodies and lyrics drift over you stimulating an overwhelming state of wellbeing.
The only fast thing about this album is how quickly it is over, clocking in at around the half hour mark. Mind you that was enough to ground me and take away the stresses and strains of the day. Yeah, so divine.
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