Wednesday 4 March 2020

ALBUM REVIEW: Horseneck, "Fever Dream"

By: Peter Morsellino

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 21/02/2020
Label: Worried Bird

“Fever Dream” DD/LP track listing:

1. Barbra Streisand
2. Pen15
3. Happily Level Lafter
4. Porcelain Ass
5. Red Curtain
6. A Discarded Mess
7. Matt Lauer’s Secret Button
8. Sleeping With Silverfish
9. Grease
10. Mr. Funny Guy Full Of Bullshit
11. Margaritadelphia

The Review:

A dollar found in the street. Freshly baked brownies. The warm embrace of a loved one. Your favorite movie beginning just as you turn on the television. What do these wonderful things all have in common?  Nothing. Are they relevant to this review? Not really. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Horseneck.

As adequately named an album as there ever was, Horseneck's “Fever Dream” presents us with an almost nonsensical witches brew of musical delirium.  If all the elements brought together on this album were to be presented in writing, it would look to be the gibberish of an absolute lunatic. And yet, somehow, Horseneck bring it together to create something utterly magical.

I need to preface this review by making it clear that anything that I try to say about this album will be at best a rough approximation. I cannot do this album justice. I might as well tell you what color the music is. This thing needs to be heard to be believed.

Discernable sounds on this album include desert rock, sludge, metalcore, gospel, the song “Sabotage” by the Beastie Boys maybe, western, among so many others. There are horns on one song. Female guest vocals on a few others. I really like the snare sound.

Please don't think I'm describing an unintelligible mess of mashed up genres, because that is not what this is at all. The songs are crafted masterfully.  Different influences blend together like they were always meant to belong together.  The hooks are indescribably catchy.  The interplay of different vocal styles is particularly pleasing throughout a delight of an album. This thing is just plain amazing. It needs to be heard, not discussed.  That's really the whole story. I don't know what else to say.

The music is orange. I'm sorry. You were warned.

“Fever Dream” is available HERE

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