Last year I wrote about a duo from New York that were pretty much the opposite of everything I listen to. They’re not as heavy as bands such as The Jesus And The Mary Chain or Loom, but they have a dream-like feel to their music which is found in bands I love such as Youth Lagoon, Tamaryn and Warpaint. I like music that at times can be regarded as brutal and aggressive. Thrashing guitars and distorted vocals; that’s what owns my heart. But there is always room for delicate music. The true definition of delicate is found in the new Hooves EP, Luna.
Luna has the same beauty as Beach House’s music. The echoing vocals and the hazy guitar sends you into another world. A world free of any judgement and pain; and if you’ve been subjected to the news recently, you will understand how badly that is needed. Their gentle sounds and atmospheric mood is wonderfully soothing. I may have exhausted everything I could possibly say about Hooves when I wrote about them last year, but Luna is a stunning EP. With some EPs you always want more, and at times you wonder why a band even bothered to make one, but with Hooves this EP just fits perfectly. Luna is made up of four beautifully crafted songs that fit so perfectly; as the sun falls down this is the music you should be playing as you watch the day fade away and the cool, calm breeze of the night hits. Nothing else would be as blissful as this.
The tribal sounds in Animal Noises is my favourite off the EP, for now. I’ll no doubt change my mind as I listen to the EP on a loop; I rarely pick a favourite and stick to it, but I feel this may be one I can actually stick with. I adore the thumping drums and soothing vocals on Animal Noises. Doves is a song that is made up of ethereal vocals with a euphoric build-up towards the end. This is why it is so easy to fall in love with music. This is also why I believe duos to be the best. They give more of themselves, as do solo artists. In short, I just really do adore Hooves.
Hooves are one of the many reasons as to why I think it is easy to justify that New York is the home to such incredible talents. If you want to go way back in time, then you will find some true greats. But of recent years (I mean the past 5 years or so) bands like Sons Of An Illustrious Father to K-Holes have all produced insanely good music; both completely different from each other, but equally divine. Hooves are a prime example of what New York has to offer; you better take it.
Hooves is out now and you can get if off their bandcamp page: http://hoovesband.bandcamp.com/album/luna-ep Share it with the ones you love on a Summer’s day, that’s the best way to enjoy it. Or you can be totally selfish and play it through headphones and create your own piece of heaven. Both are fine; just listen. Oh and they also opened for Kaki King last December. That’s pretty important.