Horses are an uncommon topic in music genres other than country unless you are one of these longingly glum indie pop/rock bands.
Melbourne’s Tourist Dollars new single, “Horse Girl,” is a jangly pop gem with roots in the 60’s and a bit of a psychedelic swirl. Musically mirroring the hair of many a real life horse girl, the song’s gentle melody is braided with electric guitar lines, sweeping harmonies, and plenty of horse references.
Tourist Dollars is the warm pop project of Jesse McCormack along with David and Aiden McMillan of the always dreamy Redspencer. “Horse Girl” is the second single from Tourist Dollars’ forthcoming debut EP which is to be released in 2016 via Deaf Ambitions.
Horse Jumper of Love is a Boston trio that crafts slow ballads with pounding heartbeats. Each word singer and guitarist Dimitri Giannopoulos releases sounds as though it’s crawling from a thickened skin of distorted guitar riffs. Flowing with raw emotion that comes out in both a sweet whisper and a glaring howl, the band’s self-titled debut album is 8 tracks of relatable darkness you can feel. It even includes an ambient track called “I Want To Paint Horses… And To Have a Horse.”
I saw them play at Goldilocks Gallery last night and every note seemed to be in just the right place. They hold a pause with perfect emphasis and can rip into a wall of sound on a moments notice. See the rest of their tour dates (including SXSW) here. Horse Jumper of Love will be out on Friday March 11th on Gawk Records and Disposable America.