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Blind On A Galloping Horse
Artist
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David Holmes, Raven Violet
Label
Heavenly Recordings
Catalogue Number
HVNLP219DIG
Release Date
10 november 2023

David Holmes has announced details of his first solo album since 2008’s The Holy Pictures. Blind On A Galloping Horse is due for release on Heavenly Recordings on 10th November 2023.

Blind On A Galloping Horse was written , produced and arranged by David Holmes. The album features updated versions of the previously released singles Hope Is The Last Thing To Die and It’s Over If We Run Out Of Love and a recording of an unreleased song by Holmes’ late friend Andrew Weatherall (I Laugh Myself To Sleep). All of the album’s artwork was designed by British graphic designer Jimmy Turrell. The cover shot was taken post riot in 70’s Belfast by local cult street photographer Bill Kirk.

A 14-track interrogation of the last decade, time spent watching a decaying, fraying Britain visibly buckling in real time while tending to his own battles with mental health. Holmes’ soundtrack to this inquiry is at times claustrophobic, often euphoric, driven by the rattle and snap of analogue drum machines, wild oscillations of droning analogue synths and the voice of Raven Violet which beguiles and commands in a way that could part oceans.

On this record, there are songs of hope for an age of uncertainty; love songs to leap the barricades to and, on Necessary Genius, a comprehensive roll call of the great and good - those ‘dreamers, misfits, radicals, outcasts’ that we’ve lost and just a few who’ve managed to cling on in the churn of the 21st century. And there are elegiac electronics evocative of an endless Europe where pulsating, crackling rhythm tracks fuse with dreamlike textures and the underground pulse of psychedelic therapy to form something unique that feels nothing less than radical.

Throughout Blind on A Galloping Horse, there are spoken word accounts from Afghan and Ukrainian refugees now welcomed as residents in Belfast, alongside a Palestinian ambulance driver and French and Irish observers of the UK’s turmoil of recent years. Their voices add to the feeling that this record is a call to action, a motivation and a head clearing, slate wiping journey. As the opening When People Are Occupied Resistance Is Justified song goes, “I wanna sleep on the wind, I wanna live, I don’t wanna rust / I wanna breath, I wanna fly, not rot in the dirty dust”. Calls to action have rarely sounded so inviting.

Digitale afspeellijst

  1. 1 When People Are Occupied Resistance Is Justified 10:27 Kopen

    When People Are Occupied Resistance Is Justified

  2. 2 It's Over, If We Run Out Of Love 5:10 Kopen

    It's Over, If We Run Out Of Love

  3. 3 Emotionally Clear 4:06 Kopen

    Emotionally Clear

  4. 4 Hope Is The Last Thing To Die 4:51 Kopen

    Hope Is The Last Thing To Die

  5. 5 You Will Know Me By The Smell Of Onions 4:51 Kopen

    You Will Know Me By The Smell Of Onions

  6. 6 Necessary Genius 3:45 Kopen

    Necessary Genius

  7. 7 Yeah x 3 4:51 Kopen
  8. 8 I Laugh Myself To Sleep 4:15 Kopen

    I Laugh Myself To Sleep

  9. 9 Too Muchroom 3:49 Kopen

    Too Muchroom

  10. 10 Agitprop 13 6:51 Kopen

    Agitprop 13

  11. 11 Stop Apologising 5:42 Kopen

    Stop Apologising

  12. 12 Tyranny Of The Talentless 5:46 Kopen

    Tyranny Of The Talentless

  13. 13 Love In The Upside Down 4:37 Kopen

    Love In The Upside Down

  14. 14 Blind On A Galloping Horse 5:29 Kopen

    Blind On A Galloping Horse

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