The Horn The Hunt - Depressur Jolie
This is their second album and one that shows a major step change in writing maturity for Leeds based duo The Horn The Hunt. Lead single ‘Raptor’ was out back in the winter. It had me convinced enough back then to make a chilly trip to Stoke Newington to see them perform, although not as icy as the band’s own journey down the motorway that night. I met up with the band then, and found Joe and Clare to be an unassuming couple, yet not afraid to wear bear skins, bare feet and a large sense of drama on stage. They were lucky not to get caught up in the 15 seconds of fame that was Witch House, and deserve better than to be stuck in that particular niche. That gives you some idea though: brooding, smoky, subverted dance electronica with vocals that sound like incantations, evoking some ancient spell or other.
It’s got to be said that the single ‘Raptor’, together with its b-side ‘Henry’s Out’ remain the strongest songs on this album. Not that I’m disappointed. Oh, go on then, I am just a little bit. There are other tracks that come very close, but nothing that exceeds and surpasses those first two tracks out of the bag that had me very excited indeed. The one that I'd pick out for mention alongside those is 'Old Town Cow', which does satisfying thing with bells and percussion.
They have found inspiration from extensive travel, and the piece of the jigsaw that fits best for me is the time they spent 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle in Greenland where it’s cold enough to render the sewage system permanently frozen. I say that because of the parallels in this reviewer’s mind to other products of the introversion of dark northern winters. Depressur Jolie is a cohesive piece and well worth checking out, particularly if you've spent the winter pent up in a cave and now fancy a bit of exploration.