As well as so far impressing with every release, UK alternative rockers Horse Party have also managed to bring hefty elements of surprise as their dark sound and song writing evolves. The band’s 2014 Integrity Records released debut album Cover Your Eyes especially came stocked with unpredictable and riveting adventure, qualities emulated and twisted yet again by the Out Of Sight/Receiver single last December. True to form, the Bury St Edmunds has again whipped up a fresh blend and imagination to their music with new single What I’d Do, and again there is no surprise it leaves ears and imagination enthralled.
The trio of drummer Shannon Hope and vocalists/guitarists Ellie Langley and Seymour Quigley, emerged in 2012 and through singles, EPs, and of course album, have earned a strong reputation and increasingly acclaimed stature in the British underground rock scene. Fan, media, and radio attention has followed suit in growing and blossoming greater attention upon Horse Party and for regulars and newcomers alike, it is easy to see why their bluesy, often melancholic, and perpetually gripping creative adventures just capture the imagination and emotions.
Fair to say that Out Of Sight/Receiver was Horse Party’s finest moment to date, a release even managing in many ways to outshine the band’s outstanding album. It impacted that much we wondered whether the band had peaked and would struggle to match the dark majesty of the release but What I’d Do soon addresses any thoughts. Its two tracks certainly do not leave the previous encounter in the shade but with their own unique character and new whiff of flavours, they boldly stand side by side in lighting ears and sparking new hunger for the band’s hypnotic sonic devilry.
What I’d Do comes first, strolling in on dark riffs and crisp beats with shadows dripping off the former and scything resonance spinning from the latter. The sultry tones of Langley swiftly add her distinct temptation but though the song is still as dark and invitingly solemn as ever, there is a more melodic rock toning to it and the guitars enterprise. At times the song casts its spell on attention with a Forever Still meets Stevie Nicks like persuasion and though it is not a major shift in sound from say the last single, What I’d Do comes with a more relaxed and less agitated countenance. The spikier, more discordant elements of the Horse Party sound are always greedily devoured here but with the same kind of ease, the melodic roundedness of this track slips through ears and into a hungry appetite for its mellower though no less provocatively dramatic presence.
The following Horizons sees Quigley take the vocal lead, his expressive tones filling the darker climate of the song whilst the ever enticing and incendiary rhythms of Hope guide and framing the encounter with skilled prowess. The track from another reserved landscape begins brewing an increasingly volatile breath until eventually exploding in a blaze of raw guitar and melodic intensity. Though returning to its more restrained saunter, the song has already taken a new magnetic turn proceeding to twist and writhe with invention and vocal resourcefulness. Unexpectedly an essence of The Housemartins comes to mind at times early on though across its fluid landscape, Horse Party creates bracing roars and intimate caresses wrapped in dark emotion and ferocious imagination.
What I’d Do and its companion prove once again that Horse Party is one of the most invigorating and original lights in British rock ‘n’ roll; how they are not a household name yet is baffling.
What I’d Do is available now as a free download @ http://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/album/what-id-do-horizons
Upcoming Horse Party Live Dates:
Fri 17th July – SAWLEY (Lancs) Beat-Herder Festival
w/Levellers & Basement Jaxx
Sat 8th August – NORWICH Owl Sanctuary
Sat 22nd August – CAMBRIDGE Junction
Fri 28th August – BURY ST EDMUNDS Homegrown Festival