Your Favorite Horse

I Would Close My Eyes But All I See Is the Massacre

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The acoustic nature of Accelera Deck's last album already gave out a hint that Chris Jeely was growing restless. After contributing one last track as his electronica alter ego to the compilation Bip-Hop Generation, Vol. 5, he buried the moniker and switched to Your Favorite Horse. Under this new name, he explores ways to reconcile digital electronics and the alternative singer/songwriter credo. I Would Close My Eyes But All I See Is the Massacre constitutes his first attempt and it still feels like a work in progress. Maybe that explains why he decided to release it in Piehead Records' series of limited-edition CD-Rs (311 copies). The acoustic guitar takes center stage and, in general, whenever Jeely sings, the electronics recede to leave the music as pure and untouched as possible. "Broken Flag," "Kamikaze," "Shot," "Egg," and "Overcloud" are haunting shoegazing songs. On first listen, the lyrics appear rather simple and evocative, but on close inspection they reveal surreal images and mysterious word associations. They are delivered in a soft, unassuming voice. Instrumental tunes are also found scattered throughout the track list. In these, electronics become much more prominent, and mainly consist of chopped-off riffs reassembled or a CD skipping. Things can get noisy and harsh, as in "Death Wears an Umbilical Cord." The 17-minute closer, "Punk," is also instrumental. An acoustic guitar sequence gets deconstructed and obliterated, softly and delicately but inexorably. The idea is good but the piece runs for way too long, especially when considering that the whole album lasts only 40 minutes. Take this one for what it is: a first attempt. Uncertain readers may prefer to wait for something more convincing.

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