Monday, May 17, 2010

Band Of Horses

Band of Horses
Infinite Arms
Columbia
Bands jumping to a major label usually become more commercial, not less, right? It’s painful to say, but Band of Horses’ third release makes one long for the proverbial record-label suit saying, “I don’t hear a single.’’ After success with powerful tear-jerkers like “Funeral’’ and “Is There a Ghost,’’ Band of Horses has veered hard off the commercial highway onto a dusty, rural service road. It’s a detour that necessitates a stark reduction in speed and power, which isn’t a bad idea considering the band’s music has been licensed into ubiquity through TV and advertisements. The quieter, largely acoustic, choral-country approach here shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. This sort of sunset-on-the-prairie folk has always been in the band’s mix, but it’s previously been broken up by uplifting guitar phosphorescence and singalong choruses. The honky-tonk slap and sweet harmonies of “Compliments’’ and “Laredo’’ and the stam-peding “NW Apt.’’ provide a charge, while “Dilly’’ is a breezy, light-FM ride. Here’s hoping this flirtation with the mainstream doesn’t last long for a usually exceptional band. 

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WEB SHERIFF said...

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Hi Luke,

On behalf of Columbia Records and Band of Horses, many thanks for plugging "Infinite Arms" on your site (street date 17th May UK & Europe / 18th May North America) ... .. thanks, also, on behalf of the artist and labels for not posting any pirate links to unreleased (studio) material and, if you / your readers want good quality, non-pirated, preview tracks, then a full length version of "Factory" is available for fans and bloggers to link to / post / host etc on the band’s site at www.bandofhorses.com ... .. for further details of the new album, pre-orders, on-line promotions, videos and 2010 shows, check-out the official site, as well as the band’s MySpace at www.myspace.com/bandofhorses ... .. and keep an eye on these official sources for details of further news, preview material and on-line promotions.

Also and as a goodwill gesture to fans and bloggers, an exclusive widget for the video of “Compliments” is available on the band’s site and an exclusive preview stream of the full album is also now available via stream.bandofhorses.com/ ... .. these are for embedding / hyper-linking ONLY and for streaming by fans directly off the band’s website, so please reciprocate this goodwill gesture by NOT ripping or re-posting these files.

Thanks again for your plug.

Regards,

WEB SHERIFF

Luke O'Neil said...

what?