I think we can all agree that being able to play an instrument is something most people would love to be able to do. Of course, many of us can, but there are few who make the commitment to learn more than one – let alone three, four, or more.
Such is the case with each member of Wellington, New Zealand’s Spook The Horses, a six-piece of, I’m sure you will concur, considerable talent. Each member rotates between instruments, allowing for a variety of expression that is unattainable for less instrumentally capable artists, and so their brand new record People Used To Live Here here breathes. Each of their releases feels undeniably unique as a result; in 2011, Brighter pulled off those trademark post-rock crescendos – but 2015′s Rainmaker took a much darker, heavier angle.
People Used To Live Here sits somewhere in the middle; there’s an incredibly sombre mood to the record, however its sonic tones are often bright whilst being underpinned by this pervasive gloom. Comments band member Zach Meech:
“Writing this album gave us the ability to experiment with song ideas we felt weren’t appropriate on our previous albums”
Conceived over several grim Southern Hemisphere winters, this is a post-apocalyptic soundtrack to abandoned places where people used to live, long ago. We’re now deep into autumn, and People Used To Live Here is a perfect soundtrack to the season. We’re super stoked to be able to bring you this full stream today; this is an incredibly exciting record, and one you should definitely give some time to.
People Used To Live Here drops November 10th via Pelagic Records. You can order it on Digipak CD or vinyl LP with digital download direct from the label here. Another swing and a hit from our favourite German label.
The band plan to hit European shores in the spring of 2018; more on that when we have it.