Black Music, the debut album from Dark Horses, is the sort of album that will make people glad that CDs and records still exist. The notion of taking a disc out of its case or removing a record from the sleeve and then placing it in a hi-fi or record player would only add to the pleasure obtained upon hearing the opening track Rose.
When I say pleasure, I mean a generous slice of darker than two in the morning gloom. The first track on the album is slow burning opening track with the haunting voice of lead vocalist Lisa Elle.
The first four tracks, Rose, Radio, Alone and boxing day are great. The amount of textures that the ears pick is enough to make a Justin Bieber fan go into cardiac arrest. One particular highlight is the lo-fi bass pinning everything down as everything weaves in and out of one another. But one issue that could be argued is that the vibe of the album is taking precedence of the music. Richard Fearless, of Death in Vegas fame, oversaw the production of Black Music and his track record has left a mark on the sound of this album.
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