Dark Horses: New Single


Dark Horses – featured in FAULT Issue 3 –  have announced a double A-side single release.  The single features ‘Boxing Day’ and ‘Traps’, two songs taken from their debut album ‘Black Music’. The double A-side single will be released on the 11th February and is followed by UK tour dates set to be announced this week.

2012 saw a lot of hype around female-fronted bands such as The XX, The Kills and Beach House with both The Joy Formidable and Yeah Yeah Yeahs waiting in the wings with a new album.  Dark Horses set themselves apart, not only due to the heavy input of cult imagery, dark art and performance which the band incorporates into every aspect of what they do, but also with their cathartic, ethereal tracks.




‘Black Music’ is Dark Horses’ debut album and the two songs featuring on the double A-side single are highly polished, clearly showing the input of producer Death in Vegas’ Richard Fearless. ‘Traps’, produced with soft vocal and guitar effects, exposes Lisa Elle’s atmospheric and haunting lyrics. This slower guitar and drum-led track is a subtle contrast to ‘Boxing Day’ which leads in with simple and repetitive synth, creating an undercurrent which drives the song, only broken by the chorus which furthers the song’s intense atmosphere.

The band has previously toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Tame Impala and was hand-picked to support both Sigur Rós and Beck. This year is set to be just as eventful for Dark Horses with rumoured Stone Roses supports and Mercury Prize nominations.

Dark Horses are a melancholic yet undeniably refreshing change in current music. The double A-side single is a great introduction to both the band and its manifesto and will no doubt leave you aching to buy their debut LP ‘Black Music’.



Words by Rebecca Hopkins