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is the self-titled debut LP by the Providence/Boston based duo of Eli Keszler and Steve Pyne. Across two sides, Red Horse creates a unique sound combining Pyne's massive hand-constructed string instruments, motor-automated resonances, homespun multi-layered Leslies, speaker arrays and sculptural electronics with Keszler's swarming percussion, bowed crotales, metal and strings, guitar and microphones. The music moves fluidly between powerful grinding metallic clatter, psycho-acoustic string sustain, piercing bowed crotale tones and aggressive free drum and guitar blasts. Red Horse seamlessly slips between areas with a dynamic and formal sense all their own. Recorded and produced over the course of 2 years, this LP comes in a limited edition of 300 copper plate pressed 200 gram virgin vinyl copies. Packaged in a unique thick silk-screened card stock cover with a hand-numbered vellum wraparound. The package also includes a silk screened poster and three screen printed cards depicting Steve Pyne's invented instruments (string barrel, click box and speaker array). This edition is the culmination of many years of work together and represents the first in a series of Red Horse releases." last copies...
is the blistering free-post-everything project of drummer/multi-percussionist
. While both musicians are active in a number of different projects (you probably wouldn't believe Pyne's day job even if we told you), Red Horse catches them working with a distilled sense of focus and is for many their breakthrough project.
(not to be confused with the similarly-titled debut) is the duo's second album, and follows the rush of critical acclaim for the first which saw thick-skinned musos wowed by their blistering combination of rhythm and dissonance. As you'd expect in a sequel, the budget is higher and the production more widescreen, and a far cry from the near lo-fi grind of its predecessor, this new full-length is exposed to the miniscule detail. The production technique might scare some, but the crisp sound of Keszler's innovative drumming and Pyne's complex instrumental destruction has never sounded better or more fitting. Garnishing Keszler's well-worn patented hyperactive splatter-beats, Pyne experiments with a veritable arsenal of home-made equipment -- from gargantuan electrified, automated string sculptures to confusing sequences of reclaimed speakers (taken from a very well known Eastern-themed music box) wired together, creating a wall of screaming feedback. In the wrong hands their sound could easily be stuffy and academic, but Red Horse inject their experiments with a punk spirit rarely heard in the avant garde. Sure, the instruments are being handled by a couple of the best musicians in their field, but it hardly matters -- this is the sound of beautiful cacophony, and like
before them, there's something undeniably attractive about that concept. It's not your average noise, rock, improv, jazz or experimental record -- it's all of the above and a great deal more. Just make sure you listen loud, there's a lot to hear. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
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