Horsegirl
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Horsegirl’s First Love Song Is a Claustral Noise-Pop Cuddle

Chicago teens Horsegirl repackage lovesickness into cozy noise-pop on their new single “World of Pots and Pans” with their debut LP due out in June via Matador.

The legend goes that Horsegirl named their band after suburban Chicago schoolgirls who have hair like horses’ manes. One of those horse girls, Emma, was the impetus for “World of Pots and Pans”, the third single released ahead of the trio’s forthcoming debut album. It’s an enveloping noise-pop love song, propelled by a mixture of wistfulness and giddiness, moods that invariably accompany that special kind of “brand new friend”. 

Horsegirl‘s sound lives in a heady fog of overlapping Sprechgesang vocals and guitars tinged with gray. But this is the most spacious and reposed iteration of their Flying Nun-descended style, its one-chord verse and lovesick gloom drifting untethered until the chorus. “Sometimes I’m thinking that I lost you,” Penelope Lowenstein and Nora Cheng’s voices coalesce in unison, “but I know it’s only love”. It’s a deceptively simple, innately contradictory line that speaks to love’s ubiquity and inscrutability. 

Pop music has repackaged love in every conceivable way. But Horsegirl make feelings as old as time sound as inviting as an autumn sweater (and “Autumn Sweater”) and as new as the first day of school. Horsegirl will release Versions of Modern Performance on June 3rd via Matador Records.

TOUR DATES

Sun. May 29 – Allston, MA @ Boston Calling Festival
Sun. Jun. 5 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall  (RECORD RELEASE SHOW) ^
Fri. Jun. 10 – Giessen, DE @ Stadt ohne Meer
Sun. Jun. 12 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifield Derby
Thu. Jun. 16 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix Bar
Fri. Jun. 17 – Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
Sun. Jun. 19 – London, UK @ Paper Dress Vintage (EARLY SHOW) – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jun. 19 – London, UK @ Paper Dress Vintage (LATE SHOW) – SOLD OUT
Tue. Jun. 21 – Manchester, UK @ YES (Basement)
Wed. Jun. 22 – London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club – SOLD OUT
Sun. Jun. 26 – Bristol, UK @ Rough Trade Bristol
Tue. Jun. 28 – Cologne, DE @ Bumann & Sohn
Wed. Jun. 29 – Berlin, DE @ Monarch
Fri. Jul. 1 – Denmark, DE @ Roskilde Festival 2022
Sat. Jul. 2 – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow Upstairs
Fri. Jul. 15 – Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall *
Sat. Jul. 16 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos *
Sun. Jul. 17 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall *
Tue. Jul. 19 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Thu. Jul. 21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon *
Fri. Jul. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
Sat. Jul. 23 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room *
Tue. Jul. 26 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line *
Wed. Jul. 27 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon *
Fri. Jul. 30 – Sat. Jul. 31 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival
Sat. July 31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Music Festival
Tue. Aug. 2 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe *
Wed. Aug. 3 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
Fri. Aug. 5 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground *
Sat. Aug. 6 – Montreal, QC @ Petit Campus *
Wed. Aug. 10 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
 
^ w/ Lifeguard, Friko, Post Office Winter
* w/ Dummy

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