Palehorse/Palerider is a "doomgaze" band from Denver, Colorado. They released their debut lp, "Burial Songs" digitally last Friday. Vinyl will release in March/April. They have been described as a cross between Earth and Slowdive, but with bits of True Widow, Chelsea Wolfe, Sleep, MBV.
In order to excel in the independent music industry, an act has to define itself as especially unique with a sound quite unlike anything else in the community. This is a tall order, one that isn’t easily filled by acts entering variations of rock music due to the immense amount of bands flooding the scene right now. Palehorse/Palerider, a “doomgaze” trio from Denver, has released an EP entitled ‘Burial Songs’ that does a surprisingly superb job at separating itself from the pack. Let’s delve into it.
“Doomgaze” is a genre that very rarely gets floated across my desk, something that’s sometimes described as a mixture of shoegaze and doom metal. Palehorse/Palerider certainly have a unique sound, one that has some of the edge of ‘doom’ music, but it’s also doused in the meandering, atmospheric nature of shoegaze. ‘Sundowning,’ the first track on the new EP, is a terrific eleven minute expedition through the outfit’s spine-tingling sound. It’s an intensely bold statement right out of the gate.
‘Sundowning’ is more or less an instrumental jam, which works to its benefit. The vocals are so droned and reverberated they’re barely coherent, and thus, they serve the role of an instrument in their own way. This is how the vocals remain for much of the EP, and frankly, it’s brilliant. These three musicians have exceptional chemistry, and I love the ghostly nature of the haunting vocal croons. Even though the lyrics are pulled more to the forefront on ‘Tamám Shud,’ they’re still a backseat to the instrumentalism.
‘Tamám Shud’ is a beautiful affair, perhaps even eclipsing its enigmatic predecessor. It’s alternative shoegaze at its finest, laden with massive waves of synthesizers that sound like a modern Phil Spector ‘wall of sound.’ ‘Into the Abyss,’ the song that follows, seems to have a more melancholy nature to it. It’s the first track on the EP that begins to wear on the listener, however, because it’s too sonically similar to ‘Tamám Shud.’
The eerie ‘Nero,’ on the other hand, does strike a contrast between itself and the songs that came before it. It has a pressing, passionate nature, and it’s immensely refreshing after ‘Into the Abyss,’ the lull of the EP’s energy. ‘Nero’ has a sense of urgency to it, as if the wall of sound enveloping the listener is ready to explode in a cacophony of chaos at any moment. The final minute of the song is brilliant, too, especially in regard to the sharp
‘Burial Songs’ is a fantastic EP. ‘Into the Abyss’ feels somewhat unnecessary, but it hardly detracts from a half hour of otherwise gripping music that the collection offers. Palehorse/Palerider have done a fine job of differentiating their sound from the rest of the music surrounding them in the indie scene right now.
Ontario based electro project DAVIDS premiere “Crown of Burrs. The song propels forward with a combination of industrial grooves and rock riffs, while the vocals arrive from a new wave nightmare. ‘Crown of Burrs’ is a song that is perpetually building and it races to an elevated height.
"The inspiration for “Crown of Burrs” came after a long night of indigestion, caused by a Reuben sandwich of questionable freshness that I’d purchased at a roadside kiosk just outside of Birtle, Manitoba in August 1998. At one point I was vomiting with such ferocity out of the back of the camper that I heard an audible POP! in my spine. I lost consciousness. When I finally came to the bass line for the song was already in my mind, and it looped there for the remainder of the trip. Once I’d gotten home and dropped off the last of the scout troop I barricaded myself in the makeshift studio I’d cobbled together in a dumpster behind the local Giant Tiger. 19 years later I emerged, finished track in hand, with a pet rat that I’d taught to speak. His name is Brad and we are quite happy. Enjoy the song. Thank you. "
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“You & I” is my most vulnerable track to date and one of my favorites from my upcoming debut EP. It’s about being blindsided by the ultimate betrayal by your partner. "
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The EP literally flows from beginning to end, taking listeners on a journey through lush downtempo, synth and chill wave, and ultimately to the ocean at night. Tracks ‘Waves’, ‘Coral Sea’ and ‘Blood Moon’ seamlessly blend indie electronica and tropical noir, while synth and chill-wave are at their best on ‘Prayers of Smoke’, ‘Birds of Paradise’, and ‘Night Tides’.
A few years after a chance meeting at the Denver Underground Music festival, Bryce Boudreau and Chris Murphy started working under the Lunar Twin moniker in 2013. They derived the band’s name from a theory about earth having possibly had a twin moon. Inspired by space and time, as well as nature and culture.
Boudreau, vocalist and songwriter and also a Los Angeles native, currently resides in Hawaii, while multi-instrumentalist producer Chris Murphy lives in Salt Lake City. In recent years, he has shared the stage with numerous renowned artists, such as Grimes, Bonnie Prince Billy, and Peaches, through other projects he’s involved with.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
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