Line Up Announcement – The Horn The Hunt
Ok, the wait is over… we are honoured to have as our main act for Riba Rocks 2013, The Horn The Hunt. Their headlining performance will be truly breathtaking within the The Valley environment.
‘Like a lone hawk gliding on arid winds above a shimmering golden desert, the unique sound of The Horn The Hunt fuses wandering and hypnotic synth melodies with hearty bass and primal beats to paint vivid and expansive landscapes. Ethereal yet powerful female vocals weave mystical narratives with beguiling lyricism, spinning tales of journeys, animals and other worlds. With both electronic and rock influences, The Horn The Hunt defy straight-forward classification and prefer to call themselves
‘pop music’ in reference to their desire to connect with people through story-telling and theatricality. Originating from the Pennines of West Yorkshire, England, The Horn The Hunt began as duo Clare Carter and Joseph Osborne during travels in 2008, where they roamed making music from the fjords of Norway to a log cabin in Greenland to blisteringly hot caves carved into the side of a canyon in Spain.
They moved to Leeds, UK, and released the output of their wandering: a first, self-titled album in 2009 and began to perform live, then signed to White Label Music in early 2010. Embarking on a new musical exploration with each record, they released their second album ‘Depressur Jolie’ in May 2011 and toured throughout the UK and Europe, with the live addition of Conor Lawrence on drums.
The Horn The Hunt left their management and record label in 2011, returning to the studio to embark on their next musical journey. They now have a contract with the New York based publisher Sarig Songs, and are currently working with their drummer on a third album, due to be released in 2013.’
Written by Elizabeth Holdsworth.
“Depressur Jolie plays the call and response game perfectly. Like the precise samples they deploy, each member of The Horn The Hunt fits together like parts of a machine, both relying on each other symbiotically to enhance the aesthetic of the other. The Horn and The Hunt are fine partners.” 7/10 www.drownedinsound.com
“The Horn The Hunt make their music atmospheric, but not in the same way that the current wave of Witch House are. Instead of slowing down and distorting samples, thereʼs a building presence that runs through their tracks, nuanced arrangements that serve to engulf rather than overawe. In a few years, a trawl through redundant iPods may seem like the work of science fiction, with dead genres and irrelevant bands dominating most played lists. Not everything ages well, but itʼd be a fair bet to say that these two will hold up a lot better than most.” www.thepigeonpost.wordpress.com
“The listener needs patience to interpret the visual and musical nuances emerging from the dusk. The action that plays out in the darkness might best be described by the Greenlandic verb “iimivoq”, which can be interpreted as either “water is drawn from the shore by the ebb of the sea” or “to call out for joy.” The tide sighs under the ice, rising and falling, almost indistinguishable from the singer’s breath. In this, as in other releases, The Horn The Hunt create a chilling union of human and earthly landscapes.”
Nancy Campbell www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nancy-campbell