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Horseback

Impale Golden Horn

(Burly Time; US: 30 Apr 2007; UK: Unavailable)

Jenks Miller created this album as a means of cathartically dealing with his OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). And while it won’t be to everyone’s liking, Horseback often makes one feel uncomfortable or unnerved, but in a very good way. Divided into four sections or songs, the album begins with a 17-minute “Finale”. With a lengthy string of drones and guitars, the tune sounds like an epic or mammoth introduction. Yet it’s still a very pretty track that seems to flow easily throughout. It’s a tune that fans of Mogwai would definitely appreciate and admire. “The Golden Horn” meanwhile continues along that path, with Miller adding more piano and putting the guitar feedback in the background. This seems to be a more reflective and thoughtful piece. Perhaps the most interesting song of the four is “Laughing Celestial Architect” which is a decent blending of both first and second song styles, resembling Kevin Shields and his Bloody Valentine or, to a lesser extent, Spiritualized. However, at some point it becomes just a bit mundane and tiring, almost lulling the listener to sleep. The closing “Blood Fountain” is definitely the highlight for the simple fact there are vocals here to offset the sweet music.

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Originally from Cape Breton, MacNeil is currently writing for the Toronto Sun as well as other publications, including All Music Guide, Billboard.com, NME.com, Country Standard Time, Skope Magazine, Chart Magazine, Glide, Ft. Myers Magazine and Celtic Heritage. A graduate of the University of King's College, MacNeil currently resides in Toronto. He has interviewed hundreds of acts ranging from Metallica and AC/DC to Daniel Lanois and Smokey Robinson. MacNeil (modestly referred to as King J to friends), a diehard Philadelphia Flyers fan, has seen the Rolling Stones in a club setting, thereby knowing he will rest in peace at some point down the road. Oh, and he writes for PopMatters.com.


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