Horse Lords + Kee Avil

Horse Lords (usa) + Kee Avil (cad)

Horse Lords (usa) 

Horse Lords are an American avant-garde rock band from Baltimore. The members are Andrew Bernstein (saxophone/percussion), Max Eilbacher (bass/electronics), Owen Gardner (guitar), and Sam Haberman (drums).

Their first album was released in 2012, after which the Horse Lords toured with Matmos, Guerilla Toss, and Guardian Alien, and played festivals such as Hopscotch Music Festival, North by Northeast, and Fields Fest, and released more albums.

According to Discogs the band "plays experimental music with elements of krautrock, post-punk, Appalachian and African musical traditions, polyrhythmia, arcane tunings, and electronics. The band uses the just intonation tuning system favored by avant-garde composers La Monte Young and James Tenney, so the musicians are playing hand-modified guitars with repositioned frets, re-tuned and customized by [band member Owen] Gardner."

Pitchfork, reviewing their 2016 album Interventions, described their progress to that date with "The Baltimore band has released two albums up to this point, both of which alternate switchbacking studies in rhythm and drone with noisy, knotty studio experiments... Interventions marks a major step forward in every way: The jams are both more focused and more hypnotic, while the quality of the recordings has a newfound clarity and fullness"." Ben Ratliff reviewed Interventions for the New York Times, calling it "invigorating" and "daring and energetic", avowing that the Horse Lords were "borrowing sounds and techniques from Mauritanian guitar music, free jazz, classical minimalism and other places" including being "way into hocketing... This music feels very live, shivering with energy"


Led by Montréal producer Vicky Mettler, Kee Avil combines guitar, voice, electroacoustics and electronic production to create song assemblages that teeter on the edge of collapse while oozing forward, like sticky resin picking up and shedding disparate elements along the way.

    Kee Avil evolved from playing guitar with broken cymbals and drumsticks to forging askew tempos and templates glued together by samples of screws dropped into crystal bowls. Her self-titled debut EP, released in 2018 on Black Bough Records, harnessed her improvised music and prepared guitar background toward a newfound structural sensibility and arresting vocal/lyrical experimentation; she has been immersed in the exploration of distinctive compositional architectures ever since, expanding her sonic palette with increasing and intensive detail, where twitchy, finely wrought postpunk electro-industrial avant-pop songs are meticulously assembled to resemble disassembly.

    Honed through pre-pandemic tours in North America and Europe (sharing stages with Marc Ribot, Pere Ubu, Bill Orcutt and Fly Pan Am, among others), Kee Avil’s emerging body of work signals a vital, viscous, virtuosic new voice in experimental songcraft–where touchstones include Juana Molina, Scott Walker, Fiona Apple and Eartheater; where PJ Harvey meets Pan Daijing or Grouper melds with Autechre.

    Kee Avil’s debut album “Crease” was released by Constellation on March 11th, 2022. 


Horse Lords is een Amerikaanse avant-garde rockband uit Baltimore.

De leden zijn Andrew Bernstein (saxofoon / percussie), Max Eilbacher (bas / elektronica), Owen Gardner (gitaar) en Sam Haberman (drums). 

Hun eerste album werd uitgebracht in 2012, waarna de Horse Lords toerden met Matmos, Guerilla Toss en the Guardian Alien, en festivals speelden zoals het Hopscotch Music Festival, North by Northeast en Fields Fest, en meer albums uitbrachten. 

Volgens Discogs "speelt de band experimentele muziek met elementen van krautrock, post-punk, Appalachische en Afrikaanse muziektradities, polyritmie, mysterieuze stemmingen en elektronica. De band gebruikt het stemsysteem voor een rechtvaardige intonatie waar de avant-garde componisten La Monte Young en James de voorkeur aan geven. Tenney, dus de muzikanten spelen met de hand gemodificeerde gitaren met verplaatste frets, opnieuw gestemd en aangepast door [bandlid Owen] Gardner. "

Pitchfork, die hun 2016-album Interventions recenseerde, beschreef hun voortgang tot die datum met "De Baltimore-band heeft tot nu toe twee albums uitgebracht, die beide switchback-studies in ritme en drone afwisselen met luidruchtige, knoestige studio-experimenten ... Interventions markeert een grote stap voorwaarts in elk opzicht: de jams zijn zowel meer gefocust als hypnotiserender, terwijl de kwaliteit van de opnames een hernieuwde helderheid en volheid heeft "."  Ben Ratliff beoordeelde Interventions voor de New York Times en noemde het "verkwikkend" en "gedurfd en energiek", belijdend dat de Horse Lords "geluiden en technieken leenden van Mauritaanse gitaarmuziek, freejazz, klassiek minimalisme en andere plaatsen", waaronder "ver in het hocketen ... Deze muziek voelt erg live aan, rillend van energie "



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