NEVER a label to knowingly overlook a band of quality, Sonic Cathedral have unveiled a new signing in the shape of Chicago three-piece Horsegirl; yep, they’ve done it again. Come revel in the warm leftfield indie of the video the band have dropped by way of announcement and ahead of its physical release, “Ballroom Dance Scene”. We’ve embedded it for you below.
They may still be in their late teens, but the Windy City threesome of Penelope Lowenstein, Nora Cheng and Gigi Reece are well-versed; nay, adept in a particularly pan-continental, inviting leftfield guitar tradition, which to these ears takes in the gentle declamatory stylings of Stereolab, Broadcast, forgotten greats such as Radial Spangle; maybe a little Lush, circa Scar, the slow fire of Yo La Tengo. Apparently they’ve been together for just over a year, during which brief lifespan they’ve brought the tunes to everywhere from art galleries to house parties.
“Ballroom Dance Scene” will be the ‘A’ of their debut 7″ for Sonic Cathedral, and will come backed with “Sea Life Sandwich Boy”; it’ll be out come April 2nd, and it’s up for your pre-order mitts right now.
The accompanying video was shot partially on their phones and an old digital Canon, and sees the three retrace the routes between their homes, trying to capture anyone or anything they found intriguing. The street footage was filmed from the band’s Buick, while the indoor shots were filmed in the attic of Gigi’s childhood home.
The flip pushes a little more, for me, towards The Amps, Drop Nineteens, even Bleach, bouncy and fizzing with noisy li-fi guitars, but dripping with sweet melody as much as with feedback. And when it busts open and those guitars bust and bleed, well … even Pale Saints “She Rides The Waves”. Praise indeed.
Welcome, Penelope, Nora, Gigi. What a twin-pronged debut.
|Horsegirl: Penelope Lowenstein, Gigi Reece, Nora ChengIntroducing: Horsegirl|
With a title inspired by a misread product name sold at their local grocery store, ‘Sea Life Sandwich Boy’ was the first track Horsegirl wrote together and recorded in their basement and comes across like Pavement or The Breeders (or, more accurately, The Amps).
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