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I Break Horses premieres new collaborative track w/ CSLSX, touring with M83 in April & May

By March 1, 2012No Comments

STREAM: I Break Horses & CSLSX – “Violent Sea”

Ahead of their upcoming five week North American tour as special guests of M83 (those dates below), I Break Horses share their collaborative effort w/ CSLSX ‘Violent Sea’, which includes the first new work from the band since the release of debut album Hearts in August 2011.

The video is the perfect accompaniment to this new track and more than whets the appetite for further work from these two enigmatic bands (who are rumoured to be working on an EP together). Little is known about Philadelphia collective CSLSX, and Stockholm’s reclusive I Break Horses have only made a handful of live appearances to date, so if this track is anything to go by, this could be the start of something very special indeed…


Allow us to introduce you to the beguiling world of I BREAK HORSES, the nom de plume of Maria Lindén and her musical partner Fredrik Balck. Residing in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the duo have been meticulously crafting the nine incredible tracks that make up debut album Hearts throughout stolen moments gathered up over the past two years.

The task of capturing the sonic density of Lindén’s compositions was painstaking, while Balck’s lyrics, constantly teasing the senses, are at times insular and cold to the touch. It’s only when interpreted by Maria’s gorgeous vocals that a warmth is added, like the first rays of sun on a winters morning.

Although heavily (and openly) influenced by My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Jesus & Mary Chain et al – Hearts is far from an exercise in typical shoegaze fayre. Maria, waif-like and unassuming in person, is transformed on record to sound 10 feet tall. And, perhaps where certain contemporaries would hypnotize the listener into their world by sheer volume alone, I Break Horses lock firmly onto the very thing that makes each and every one of us ‘tick’: our pulse. Our Hearts. The common thread that links the nine songs together; always present, always beating – the album’s strength and presence guided entirely by it.

Coupled with with Lindén’s vocal, a seductive Scandinavian croon that’s bathed in an ocean of reverb and tremelo, Hearts is quite the sonic experience. It can’t be defined via a few meagre adjectives or genre classifications; you have to live it, live inside it. It will soak you up, embrace you and give back what you put in…

Tour Dates

04/22 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore *
04/23 San Francisco, CA – Fillmore *
04/25 Portland, OR – Roseland *
04/26 Seattle, WA – Neptune *
04/27 Vancouver, BC – Vogue *
04/29 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue *
04/30 Denver, CO – Ogden *
05/01 Lawrence, KS – Granada *
05/02 St Louis, MO – Pageant *
05/04 Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre *
05/05 Detroit, MI – Majestic *
05/06 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy *
05/07 Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom *
05/09 Boston, MA – House Of Blues *
05/10 New York, NY – Terminal 5 *
05/11 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer *
05/12 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
05/14 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater *
05/15 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works *
05/17 Houston, TX – House of Blues *
05/18 Austin, TX – Stubb’s *
05/19 Dallas, TX – Granada *
05/21 Phoenix, AZ – Crescent (Headline Show)
05/22 San Diego, CA – Casbah (Headline Show)
05/23 Los Angeles, CA – Echo (Headline Show)
05/24 San Francisco, CA – Popscene (Headline Show)
05/26 Sasquatch Festival, WA -Seattle
05/29 Chicago, IL-Lincoln Hall (Headline Show)
05/30 New York, NY- Mercury Lounge (Headline Show)

* = w/ M83

I Break Horses
(I Kill Love / Bella Union)

1. Winter Beats
2. Hearts
3. Wired
4. I Kill Your Love, Baby!
5. Pulse
6. Cancer
7. Load Your Eyes
8. Empty Bottles
9. No Way Outro

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