Thursday, September 17, 2015

New Music: Drowning Horse -- Sheltering Sky

I'd like to send a big thank you to Steve Howe and his excellent new blog for turning me on to Australian ambient doom group Drowning Horse. Their upcoming album, "Sheltering Sky," is a journey through vast musical spaces, at once crushing, open, freeing and oppressive. This is the second time this year I've looked at an album's cover artwork  -- empty, jagged red earth punching into a delicate sky -- and thought it a perfect visual description for the music within.

Fans of the recent MAKE and Locrian releases should absolutely give this one a chance. The first single, "The Barrow Stones," can be heard on the band's Bandcamp. The band is on Art as Catharsis, a Sydney label that has a lot of cool Australian heavy psychedelic/crust/doom releases, so check them out as well.

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