Part riffing, part meticulously controlled free jazz, Horse Lords create music that pull apart and reassembles itself into abstract forms, with rhythms and tones achieving trancelike effect through repetition and discipline.
Grafting the relentless repetitions of modern minimalism onto the propulsive engine of rock and roll, Horse Lords create an ecstatic forward thrust driven by dueling polyrhythms that curve endlessly past one another. The Baltimore quartet, consisting of saxophonist/percussionist Andrew Bernstein, bassist/synthesist Max Eilbacher, guitarist Owen Gardner, and drummer Sam Haberman, employs arcane tuning systems – as well as the practice of taking apart their instruments and rebuilding them according to their own alternate musical logic – to achieve their otherworldly harmonies. The resulting sound is at once stark and lush, tightly interwoven and threatening to fly apart, making their live performances spellbinding and utterly thrilling affairs. Their 2016 full length Interventions on Northern Spy Records showcases this visceral approach to live performance, as well their interest in crafting studio compositions that pull apart and reassemble the constituent parts of their music into more abstract forms.