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In late 2017, New Zealand’s Spook the Horses released their hauntingly beautiful third full-length album, People Used to Live Here. In contrast to the sprawling post-metal of previous records Brighter and Rainmaker, People Used to Live Here showed the band opting for a stripped-down, slow-burning approach that resulted in songs reminiscent to the moody jazz of Bohren & der Club of Gore, the desert doom of Earth, and the melancholic “slowcore” of Codeine and the like. The record is a prime example of when big sonic risks pay off.
If you happened to miss out on it last year, prepare to hop on the hype train with us. We at Svbterranean are proud to present the official music video for one of the most gorgeous cuts on the record, “Made Shapeless”. This infectious post-rock-meets-Bluetile Lounge track is set to an interactive 360° video, directed by Max Telfer, that is full of striking, stunning imagery. The band said the following of the new clip: Continue Reading
New Zealand’s Spook the Horses continue to defy expectations with their third full-length album, People Used to Live Here.
As their career thus far has shown, Spook the Horses are not bound by genre limitations and flourish within their own artistic freedom. The band is in a constant state of evolution, unafraid to experiment with other musical styles and sounds. 2011’s Brighter was a dense, atmospheric marriage between post-rock and brooding post-metal, resulting in a enthralling dichotomy between soothing and crushing. In stark contrast, 2015’s Rainmaker retained its predecessor’s post-metal stylings, but introduced sludgier guitars and more angular post-hardcore elements into the mix. Fast-forward to 2017 and the band have once again modified their sound and the results are staggering, but in a very positive way. Continue Reading
New Zealand post-metallers Spook the Horses have premiered their forthcoming full-length, People Used to Live Here, via No Clean Singing. The album will officially be released this Friday, November 10, via Pelagic Records and can be purchased here. Compared to the swelling post-rock compositions found on 2011’s Brighter, and the sludgy dirges of 2015’s Rainmaker, People Used to Live Here show the band making yet another stylistic shift, opting for a more minimal and atmospheric approach. Check it out in full after the break.