Track Premiere: Less Bells’ ‘A Failure of Horses’

Listen to the first track from the forthcoming LP due in 2023.

Less Bells, the project featuring multi-instrumentalist, Julie Carpenter (Eels, Spiritualized), and Dain Luscombe (Marjorie Fair, Bell Gardens), have announced details of their follow-up to the brilliant 2020 Kranky release, Mourning Jewelery.

The Drowned Ground will be released next year via Kenneth James Gibson’s Meadows Heavy Recorders label. The lead track from The Drowned Ground, A Failure of Horses, is set for release this Friday, however exclusive to Sun 13, you can listen to the track below.

Built around violin and viola parts composed in an Irish folk alternate tuning, A Failure of Horses picks up where much of Mourning Jewelery left off. A dream-state composition seemingly from another orbit, unfolding with the kind of cinematic drama that unshackles the mind.

Self-produced and mixed at their Joshua Tree studio, Less Bells said that that the concept of the track derives from the practice of naming groups of animals. The failure referenced in the title comes from the infamous frozen horses in a Russian lake, written about by Italian writer, Curzio Malaparte.

It’s a wonderful snapshot to what will undoubtedly be one of the most anticipated releases across the experimental landscape in 2023.

For more, visit the Less Bells Bandcamp page.

By Simon Kirk

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