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Hearts

I Break HorsesVinyl
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  • Vinyl (October 18, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cooperative Music
  • ASIN: B0053PTCIS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Winter Beats
2. Hearts
3. Wired
4. I Kill Your Love, baby!
5. Pulse
6. Cancer
7. Load Your Eyes
8. Empty Bottles
9. No Way Outro

Editorial Reviews

UK LP pressing. Allow us to introduce you to the world of I Break Horses, the nom de plume of Maria Lind‚n and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. Residing in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the duo have quietly been crafting the nine tracks that make up debut album Hearts throughout stolen moments gathered up over the past three years. Songs were written, committed to tape, destroyed. The task of capturing the sonic density of Lind‚n's compositions was painstaking. Balck's lyrics constantly teasing the senses "Lay your cold hand down on my hardest vein" ('Cancer') are at times insular, cold to the touch. It's only when interpreted by Maria's effortless croon that a warmth is added, like the first rays of sun on a cold winters morning. A balancing act of light vs. dark that reveals a beauty within the darkness. Perhaps one would think that the results of such endeavours would be somewhat disjointed, with the influences and experiences of 36 months being thrown into the mix, Hearts could almost come across as erratic, unfocused. Thankfully, it's quite the opposite. Although heavily (and openly) influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain et al - Hearts is far from an exercise in typical shoegaze fayre. Lind‚n, possibly the most diminutive and unassuming person one could ever wish to meet, is transformed on record to appear 10 ft tall: a shit kicker in high-fidelity. And, perhaps where contemporaries would hypnotize the listener into their world by sheer volume alone, I Break Horses lock firmly onto the very thing that makes each and every one of us 'tick'. Our pulse. Our Hearts. The common thread that links the nine songs together; always present, always beating - the albums strength and presence guided entirely by it. Coupled with Lind‚n's vocal, a gorgeous Scandinavian croon that's bathed in an ocean of reverb and tremelo, Hearts is quite the sonic experience. It can't be cast aside via a few meagre adjectives or genre classifications; you have to live it, live inside it. It will soak you up, embrace you and give back what you put in and so much more. Welcome to the most bewitching debut of the year.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars powerful, inspiring, beautiful August 23, 2011
By Amy M.
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I feel super lucky to have checked up on this album today, bc I had no idea it was being released today. The whole album has that perfect balance of something beautiful, with powerful beats, powerful synths, and that mix of something unexpected. I can't get enough!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gets better after repeated listens September 15, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This album is definitely worth checking out. At first, I will admit it, I wasn't really that jazzed with it. There is a really nice recipe of female vocals, hushed synths, and heavy minimal drumbeats, but there really wasn't any strand out tracks. However, the songs kept popping up on my player and I soon realized that all of the tracks are stand out tracks and just get better each time I hear them. I am now about to shell out the big bucks to get this on vinyl, so yes this is well worth a listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album January 4, 2014
By R.A.M.
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Enchanting vocals mixed with equally haunting synthesized beats. Wear your headphones and close your eyes. You will love the sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album, great vinyl pressing! November 5, 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Most people reading this will have already heard the album and are wanting it an 'upgraded' slab of vinyl. To those I say it's worth it alone for the packaging. Vaughan Oliver of 23 Envelope/4AD designed the sleeve - and it's in accordance with anything he did for 4AD to be honest. Lavish gatefold, attractive placement of image and text, gold inner sleeve, really classy. And yes, it sounds phenomenal.

To those who go straight to LP and maybe haven't heard this yet: simply put, I Break Horses are one of the best new shoegaze/dreampop oriented bands, period. If you have any interest in those two genres of music, or just "beautiful music", this one's for you.
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