Brought to you by The Corner and NZ On Air, Awesome Feeling 8 is an online event running through NZ Music Month 2014, culminating in the release of a free downloadable compilation of 12 New Zealand songs and the words written about them. Every couple of days, we’ll be posting streaming+downloadable tracks from emerging local artists, accompanied by artist and track profiles authored by Corner contributors.
Wellington’s Spook The Horses have been soundtracking the apocalypse since 2009. Their dense, atmospheric songs are all epic in scope and make even the sunniest of days feel a little bit ominous.They have been referred to as post-metal and post-rock in equal measure, but both those genres have become swamped with imitators whilst Spook The Horses cut their own path and sound very much like a band playing the music they want without too much concern for trends or influences.
The first time I saw them was in support of sludge metal titans Kylesa, and the distance between the floor and my jaw got smaller and smaller as the set wore on. They put in an intense, brutal performance that made you forget about the world outside the venue as they poured everything in to the songs. See this band live.
Their first album, Brighter, came out in 2011 and showcased their knack for producing panoramic soundscapes that see-saw effortlessly between being crushingly heavy and startlingly pretty. So their sophomore release, Rainmaker, which is due out later this year, has a lot to live up to. Based on the track we have here, that shouldn’t be an issue. ‘Flood’ is a massive, unrelenting song. The anguished vocals serve to enhance the onslaught of emotion the band conjure up with a track that feels like one wonderful crescendo.
If Deafheaven can feature so prominently in critic’s best of 2013 lists, there is no reason Spook The Horse can’t do the same in 2014.
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