No one ever asks me anything, not ever the time, Fanfare for Effective Freedom? Thing of Day? The new Horse Lords album landed here last week, you might have heard a track to two on the Other Rock Show already, we’ll write a “proper” review in a day or so, well maybe we will, the album is called The Common Task, it comes out in March (on northern Spy), here’s a taster track, have a listen, we might be back later, it is a thankless task, I often wonder why, I could be painting and listening to my old Ruts records rather than spending my time sharing these things with you…
“Today, Horse Lords announced their new album The Common Task and shared lead single “Fanfare for Effective Freedom.” An exciting introduction to the new LP, the track moves along from one surprisingly danceable riff to the next, lingering on one motif only long enough to make its point. “Musically, the piece takes as it’s compositional jumping off point the joining of rhythmic and pitch relationships,” the Baltimore band said, remarking on the song’s main ideas, “the track takes its title from a book by cybernetician Stafford Beer detailing his work on the Chilean project Cybersyn, applying cybernetics to the management of the Chilean socialist government of president Salvador Allende in the early 1970’s. This project was interrupted by the 1973 Chilean coup d’état.”
Following 2016’s critically acclaimed album Interventions—which caught the attention of insert the usual names here and many more—The Common Task shows that Horse Lords are venturing the edges of experimental rock music and critical social thought further than ever before”.
The Common Task will be released March 13th, 2020, on CD/LP/Digital and is available for preorder via Northern Spy Records.