Hot on the fresh heels of the Paydirt EP, UK alternative rock trio Horse Party offer another highly appealing treat in the shape of its successor, Money Talks. A more reserved and laid back offering but with the same creative fire and passion of its predecessor, the release is the strongest push of the Bury St Edmunds based band’s emotive and melodically elegant side. It has the now renowned Horse Party sound and craft but as all their releases have proven to date, reveals another hue to the imagination and depth to the creativity of the band. Paydirt hinted at a more intimately mellow sound within the songwriting and adventure of guitarist/ vocalist Ellie Langley, guitarist/vocalist Seymour Quigley, and drummer/vocalist Shannon Hope, especially in its closing song, which Money Talks now takes on another captivating and to be honest irresistible step.
The EP’s title track starts things off, Money Talks almost prowling along as a gentle melodic caress colludes with the more tenacious lure of riffs and bass. Amongst them the warm tones of Langley sway and seduce with the shadow of the narrative, her tones backed as sublimely as ever by the voices of Quigley and Hope. The web cast by the two guitarists equally enthrals as it wraps the resourcefully alluring net of persuasion tempting ears it all enhanced by Hope’s controlled but anthemically jabbing and probing beats.
The following Rocket Science canters along with a slightly livelier gait and energetic zeal but again the post punk like prowess and invention of the band allows a bait of shadows and rapacious imagination to have their equal share of the absorbing persuasion on offer. There is also a great volatility to the track which is never realised but adds a constant unpredictability and intensity to the seductive croon of the outstanding proposal.
It is with the final pair of songs that the evocative adventure into atmospheric and melodic calms ignites a twist on the already diversely imaginative Horse Party adventure that is their sound. Looking For Life shimmers with surf lined kisses from the guitar within a boldly simmering sultry ambience, harmonies as bewitching and compelling as the uncomplicated but thickly enthralling tapestry of melody crafted ingenuity at play on ears. The song is aural beauty, Horse Party at their irresistible best.
Howling At The Sun is a similarly undemanding and captivating hug of enterprise with Quigley sharing the lead vocals to fine effect; his and Langley’s voices alternating across the dramatic and brooding, impressively lean yet emotionally rich landscape of the song.
It has been an especially strong, acclaim earning year for Horse Party primarily down to an ever gripping and powerful live presence and releases like Money Talks. It is fair to say that the band, from emerging in 2012, are not exactly newcomers anymore, having already built a major reputation through EPs, singles, and a stunning debut album. As their latest release reveals though, there is a perpetual supply of new potential seeming to brew up with each encounter, one which suggests we are still in the early stages of their blossoming and that is another exciting thought to go with those bred by their latest endeavour.
The Money Talks EP is out now via and free to download @ https://soundcloud.com/horsepartyparty or https://horsepartyparty.bandcamp.com/album/money-talks
Upcoming Horse Party dates:
Saturday 14th November – Ipswich Steamboat Tavern*
Friday 20th November – Norwich Owl Sanctuary+
Friday 27th November – Ipswich Cult Café
Friday 4th December – Colchester Lakeside Theatre*
Saturday 5th December – Bury St Edmunds Hunter Club^
*with SuperGlu +with Claws ^with The Machismos
Pete RingMaster 31/08/2015
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