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BLACK TO COMM - Seven Horses For Seven Kings 2LP

Thrill Jockey

BLACK TO COMM - Seven Horses For Seven Kings 2LP

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Limited edition green double vinyl.
Highly recommended. 

Seven Horses is Richter’s 10th album under that name, and the first for the venerable Thrill Jockey. And it’s heavy, oh boy is it heavy. Straight from the off a swarm of angry trumpets appears on ‘Asphodel Mansions’. It’s intense and morose and discordant, the perfect fanfare for the entry of these seven kings. Richter is a studio artist, twisting samples to his own wicked will. Which is to say, if you knew those trumpet before, you certainly don’t now. ‘If Not, Not’ starts with terrifying war drums, urging nightmarish hoards forwards. They are joined by demonic, ethereal choirs, and finally overwhelmed. The cheekily names ‘Angel Investor’ begins with euphoric strummed mandolin, which are drowned in droning electronics.

These distinct sounds and recordings are all unified by Richter’s production, which helps us to see consistency and unity among the variety. It does leave me wanting for a bit of subtlety, samples have a habit of sweeping fully into view before slowly decaying but that approach does generate the necessary drama. This could be a messy album then, but through his practice, and the darkness that clearly inspires him, Seven Horses For Seven Kings becomes a single story. 

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