Today, South London’s unclassifiable 4-piece curios, Horsey, have shared a new video for their latest single “Lagoon”. This is the third track to be taken from their highly anticipated debut LP “Debonair”, following their single “Seahorse”, which featured the band’s long-time friend and critically acclaimed songwriter Archy Marshall (King Krule) on vocals throughout.
As with each of the band’s singles to dates, “Lagoon” is a completely different offering from Horsey. Nightmarish lounge jazz instrumentation dances around volatile, frustrated vocals and moments of fragmenting noise-inflected guitar lines, and suspense-filled operatic reprieves. The whole thing is balanced on a knife’s edge and carries the band’s signature blend of absurdist theatricality and dark surrealism throughout.
Horsey’s new album “Debonair” is due out 30th July 2021 on London label untitled recs (Jerskin Fendrix, Famous, Brad Stank, TAAHLIAH), who with the release of Horsey’s previous single, also become the fourth ever label to release official King Krule material, putting them in good company amongst Warp, XL Recordings & True Panther Sounds.
Made up of Jacob Read, Theo Mccabe, Jack Marshall and George Bass, Horsey have built a cult live following having toured with the likes of King Krule, Goat Girl and Hinds, as well as playing sold-out shows across their hometown venues with the likes of YOWL, Hotel Lux, Norman, Ugly, Lazarus Kane and more. The new track follows their King Krule co-single “Seahorse”, which saw Archy Marshall combine his inimitable blend of anguished observation and nuanced social and metropolitan commentary. Weaving, and flexing twisted lyrics that speak of dark city tales and racist police through dramatic and surreal melancholy instrumentation, the track earned plaudits across the board from the likes of Pitchfork, Stereogum, Paste, DIY, Brooklyn Vegan, Apple Music 1, BBC 6 Music and more.
Prior to this the band released their hyperactive album opener “Sippy Cup”, which came out as a standalone single earlier this year and saw the band garner early support at press and radio, as well as attracting attention from tastemakers such as filmmaker and director Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Attack The Block, Baby Driver), who described the track as “2 mins of blissful insanity”.
A fitting introduction to the new album, Horsey refused to be pigeonholed at every turn. “Debonair” is propelled forwards from the opener with an incomparable wide-eyed intensity that blurs the lines between dark, glam inflected noise-rock, surreal jazz breakouts, wonky apocalyptic pop, emphatic rock opera-esque histrionics and melancholic lo-fi without abating.
The band state that the juxtaposition between maturity and immaturity is central to the album’s themes, and this contrast is not only found in the album’s dynamic instrumentation but is also prominent in Horsey’s intoxicating and coltish lyrical prose, which is all at once deeply personal, tumultuous and utterly abstract. Though often delivered with overtones of sardonic humour the subject matter carries a sincere message, one that channels the spirit of when the band first met in nursery whilst tackling the tropes of modern living. The result is a gripping and exuberant reminder that there is great value in applying some childlike lateral mentality to the all too serious events of adult life.
“Debonair” is out 30th July 2021 via untitled recs