Thursday, January 23, 2014
REVIEW: I Break Horses - Chiaroscuro
The tracks below, "Faith", "Denial", and "You Burn" probably are the standout songs. And they leave no doubt that the band can deliver danceable music with a level of depth and texture not often encountered in a club. However, it is worth noting that the other tracks yield little to these three in quality. And while the beats are infectious, my preferred use for this album is late at night with the lights low and the sound turned up. Chiaroscuro ably proves that I Break Horses is a premier electro-pop band. But unlike the other worthy bands on the top shelf of the genre, I Break Horses has a vocalist capable of adding the correct degree of warmth, and the appropriate level of emotion, needed to give a song the additional dimension required to leave a long-lasting impression.
Chiaroscuro is out now via Bella Union.
I Break Horses will be touring in the US this spring.