See: Horse Thief release video for ‘Devil’

The Devil has all the best tunes, so William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army reckoned. So, he stole some of the best ones and had more appropriate words composed to go alongside them. At least, that’s what Google informed me, so hey, go speak to them if it isn’t true.

Coming out of Denton, Texas is Horse Thief. The band – Cameron Neal (vocals/guitars/keys), Cody Fowler (bass), Alberto Roubert (drums), Zach Zeller (organ/keys/guitar) and Alex Coleman (guitar/keys), moved to Oklahoma City and attended the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, which they all successfully negotiated recently.

Their vibrant, complex and anthemic indie rock soon grabbed the attention of both Flaming Lips Management, and then Bella Union, who will be releasing the band’s debut album Fear in Bliss on April 15th. Conceived in the bands Oklahoma base, but recorded in Los Angeles to take the band out of their comfort zone, they engaged Thom Monahan (Devandra Banhart, Vetiver) to produce, and he’s managed to fuse together the bands stage performance with added studio quality.

From the album comes Devil, which chimes with optimism despite its lyrical content, and it showcases the bands rather expansive take on indie Americana. It’s blessed with this beautiful sense of melody, which allows the track to wash over you, this fresh, heart-warming mood. It’s accompanied by a video full of dark imagery.

William Booth was almost right. Never mind having the best tunes, ‘Devil; is one of the best tunes around at the moment.

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