HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! This is one of those albums that you throw on, and at first blush, you think "this sounds pretty good", then the second track comes on, and you think "hmm, this song is even better than the last one!" and by the time you are midway through the album, you find yourself staring at the CD player, mouth agape, thinking "how can each song possibly be getting successively better? Can it get any better than this track right here?!" A slow-building, gorgeous, dreampop stunner that squeezes you in full-grip by its midway point and won't let go. Guaranteed you will be hitting the repeat button. Bell Horses is a left-field pop outing from Xian Hawkins & Jenny Owen Youngs. The 8 songs that comprise their debut album work together to create a world of contrasts both challenging & familiar. Arrangements blend acoustic instruments (guitars, strings, piano, percussion) with synthetic textures and samples while vocals sit up front in the mix, often doubling as instruments themselves. A subtle attention to detail reveals more with each listen. This Loves Last Time is about the infinite and the finite – things that cease to be but linger all the same. The name Bell Horses is taken from a turn of the century song about horses passing in the night, strung with bells so as not to collide. An apt analogy for the working methods of this group whose members all live in different cities. Various parts of the album were tracked in Brooklyn, Berlin & London with the majority of the music being recorded, arranged & mixed by Xian Hawkins in a converted Victorian Church in Western Massachusetts. This Loves Last Time succeeds as it becomes more than the sum of the individuals involved – all of whom have projects of their own. Xian Hawkins records as Sybarite - making distinct & lauded electronica for a variety of labels, most notably 4AD, Temporary Residence & Ghostly International. His music has been featured in film & television. Jenny Owen Youngs is a singer songwriter who signed to Nettwerk Records in 2006 and recently released her sophomore record, Transistor Failure, to critical acclaim. Also on the album is Alexander Ericson (Alberta Cross, Stjarna) contributing vocals to three of the tracks - along with Michael Lerner, drummer for NYC band The Antlers (Frenchkiss), & classical string player Eve Boltax. This Loves Last Time was mastered by Denis Blackham (Brian Eno, Cocteau Twins) at Skye Mastering in Scotland. UK artist Rick Myers designed the sleeve - he has done covers for the likes of Doves, Dinosaur Jr. & John Cale, among others. Photographs were taken by California artist Noele Lusano. The album is the first release on the band's own Trysquare label.
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