Single Review: Band of Horses – In a Drawer

By on Monday, 16th May 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Band of Horses have finally returned. After the release of ‘Mirage Rock’ 4 years ago, the dreamy and melancholic quintet are now on single number two from upcoming album number five ‘Why Are You OK’. ‘In a Drawer’ firstly features J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) on vocals during the chorus, which beautifully suits both Band of Horses and the track itself. Similarly, the verses of the track sound as if they could’ve been cut from a track on Father John Misty’s 2015 release ‘I Love You Honeybear’, particularly in the lyrical content where they epitomise hipster culture, “Do you love me, which one is it? We should be living in a warehouse district”, which is backed by a solid electronic drum beat.

Of course the song doesn’t retain this status very long. As soon as the chorus hits, where Mascis kicks in, it becomes a catchy and melodic representation of trying to find out where love truly belongs and where you can often find yourself looking for things to keep it alive. The rousing nature of the chorus is aided by drums that gather in strength, only for everything to collapse into an ethereal sound, welcoming back the electronic drum beat from the first verse, and things calm down once again. The band’s use of harmonies and vocals to broaden the overall sound, especially with added reverberant effects, is testament to their ability as both musicians and as purveyors of heart touching melodies.

‘In a Drawer’ resumes this method of operation for the next verse and chorus. Once the bridge hits, there’s an even larger reduction where angelic sounding vocals entwine around each other briefly before giving way to the same catchy chorus that just won’t budge from your head. All in all, it’s a solid return by Band of Horses, with an interesting experimental foray into electronic music, something that isn’t as overwhelming as other current releases but adds a tasteful dynamic to a sound that is already unique in itself. All we can do now is duly await the arrival of the full length release to see what other evolutionary approaches Band of Horses are going to take.

7/10

Band of Horses’ fifth LP ‘Why Are You OK’ is due for release on the 10th of June via Virgin EMI in the UK and Interscope/American Recordings in America. TGTF’s previous coverage of Band of Horses is right back here.

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