TUSK Music Presents

TUSK Festival 2020

October 9-11

HORSE LORDS

This Baltimore quartet is an at times surprising confluence of apparent influences but one that never fails to make sense. Our ears on first hearing them were drawn to comparisons of the more exploratory instrumental aspects of Liege & Lief, yet through a math rock prism and as though directed by Tony Conrad. Math without the rock perhaps – that genre’s biting riffs are foregone in favour of entwining polythrythms, opposing time signatures phasing out then in, sax-gilted quests recalling both Steve Reich and the recorded work of 75 Dollar Bill. Perpetually dynamic and polyrhythmic, always ready to tip their hat to undersung greats such as Julius Eastman and, with their 2020 album The Common Task, planting another flag in unexplored rhythmic territory.