January 3, 2010
Best Records of 2009: #9 : An Horse / Rearrange Beds
Maybe you liked the Spinanes as much as I did?
There was something incredibly compact and pop perfect about the two piece from Olympia, WA circa most the '90s. When they vanished in the early part of this decade I ached for a new band to fill their shoes and while some came close, An Horse was the band who came the closest.
Cuddle-core with a touch sandpaper roughness mixed in, this Australian boy/girl duo makes me want to hug and bang my head all at once (Do not try this at home). Their 2009 release Rearrange Beds on Mom + Pop Records serves up 10 tracks of delicious riff-tiffic pop songs backed by heavy drum hits; a non-traditional approach to what I am still determined to call cuddle-core.
The only other band to really nail this hard meets soft combo was Rebecca and Scott from the Spinanes and again, if you liked them as much as I did, An Horse will make for a nice addition to your music collection.
Posted by Lightning's Girl