Dead Horse One are a French psych band with a hint of shoegaze. This is their debut EP and it rejoices in the name of Heavenly Choir Of Jet Engines.
They are certainly approaching a wall of noise sound but with a jangly lead guitar to act as focus and the vocals are nearly unintelligible.
Alone – The super cool guitar twangs start the EP like Ride playing a spy movie theme. Reminds me of Aussie psych outfit The Morning Under Girls or maybe The Dandy Warhols.
He Goes Down – The guitar and vocals here are reminiscent of a slower Oasis number. It has a sardonic, drawling feel and a gorgeous languid chorus.
To Pretend – The vocals are little too stoned here. The guitars offer too much fuzz at the expense of the song losing focus and ultimately feels directionless.
Cruel Winter – Clearly saving the best till last! A more sparse arrangement with prominent bass and clearer vocals. There is organ work and cinematic guitars. This has more of a post punk feel, maybe a Chameleons feel to the rhythm section with a touch of The Cure.
I would say the best comparison is The Dandy Warhols. Maybe the EP isn’t quite adventurous enough in terms of songs or production but in general the songs are very catchy.
On the basis of Heavenly Choir Of Jet Engines, Dead Horse One are worth checking out. This is a good, promising debut release.