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free music friday: bell horses
October 9, 2009, 9:02 am
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fmf_jennyowenyoungsBell Horses
‘Still Life’

Bell Horses are a composite of Jenny Owen Youngs, the indie folk-rock singer-songwriter who notably made Nelly’s ‘Hot In Herre’ sound like a cute melodic love song, and Xian Hawkins, better known as electronica and synth wunderkind Sybarite. This unlikely couple has joined forces and – alongside reputable musicians who add percussion, violin and viola into the mix – are set to release their first album This Loves Last Time next week on their own label TrySquare.

Sample track ‘Still Life’ is a perfect example of artistic fusion resulting in a product that is very much a departure from the musicians’ ordinary sound. Jenny’s voice takes on a softer and more ambient effect when mixed with Sybarite’s various synthesised layers; melancholic with a Cat Power quality against the deeper, sultry synths, and breaking into operatic notes like Amy Lee against the more intense accompaniment. Sybarite’s soft but frequent drumbeats marry well with Jenny’s softly plucked guitar, creating an extra dimension to the track that weaves in and out of the vocal. Some may find the mixture of so many contradictory components hard to fathom, but ‘Still Life’ unites these elements smoothly and professionally. MP3 after the jump.

FREE MP3: Bell Horses, ‘Still Life’ [via RCRD LBL]

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