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I Break Horses On 'World Cafe: Next'

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I Break Horses On 'World Cafe: Next'

I Break Horses On 'World Cafe: Next'

I Break Horses On 'World Cafe: Next'

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I Break Horses.

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I Break Horses.

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Playlist

  • "Hearts"
  • "Winter Beats"

Sweden's I Break Horses describes its latest album, Hearts, as a balancing act of light vs. dark that reveals a beauty within the darkness." Like this description, everything about duo Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck's synth-steeped post-rock is hazy, including their intentionally unfocused sound and lyrics intensely focused on the abstract. While an acting inhabitant of the chillwave scene, I Break Horses builds walls of glorious distortion, and the fog of Lindén's vocals seems to sparkle in the places where light breaks through. With pulsing beats and a constant forward drive, "Hearts" pounds along, always on the verge of spinning out of control.

Hear two tracks from the ethereal Hearts on today's installment of World Cafe: Next.