Stockholm duo I Break Horses (Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck) dropped their second studio album Chiaroscuro in January. To learn more about the new record, their current US Tour, and all things I Break Horses, A Music Blog, Yea? spoke with the band before they hit the stage at Toronto’s The Drake next Tuesday the 22nd. Dive into the interview below:
AMBY: Hello I Break Horses, thanks for chatting with us today. What have you been up to lately?
I Break Horses: Well, mainly we’ve been busy rehearsing for the tour, buying some new equipment and generally getting everything together for these dates. And also, I’ve been working on a remix.
AMBY:How would you describe each other in one word?
I Break Horses: Nerve Wreck.
AMBY: You kicked the year off by releasing your sophomore album Chiaroscuro. What’s the response to the album been like so far?
I Break Horses: It’s been really positive, I think. It’s always a bit tricky when a band makes an album that some people think has a bit of a different sound than the previous one…maybe some people get a bit disappointed when it doesn’t sound quite like what they expect it to, and it’s hard not to think about that sometimes when recording.
AMBY: What’s the significance behind the record’s title Chiaroscuro?
I Break Horses: It’s an artistic term meaning the arrangement of the light and dark elements in a painting, and I feel this suits the feel of the album very well.
AMBY: Chiaroscuro displays a more electronic-inspired style compared to your debut which felt more shoegaze based with electronic influences. What influenced this new direction?
I Break Horses: The first album was actually very electronic…there’s not many guitars on there at all. But I’m a child of the 80’s I guess, and there are bound to be traces of that in the sound of my songs.
AMBY: How do you feel you’ve evolved as a band since the release of your 2011 debut Hearts?
I Break Horses: The recording process has certainly changed, it’s much faster now! On the first record I spent ages working on different soundscapes and the songs developed out of this. On this one, I wrote everything on my piano at home, and recorded very quickly.
AMBY: Soon embarking on your US Tour, what do you look forward to most?
I Break Horses: Being able to send a bit of time in New York, which is my favorite city I think. We’re doing two shows there, one at the Mercury Lounge and one in Brooklyn and we have a day off there too, so we’re looking forward to hanging out and eating good food there!
AMBY: What’s the funniest thing to happen to I Break Horses while on the road?
I Break Horses: On the last US tour, we slept in a garage where there was a huge rat. We made our own rat trap which consisted of a trail of cheese leading up to a waste paper basket filled with water and we stayed up all night waiting to hear a splash! It felt like a good idea after a few beers…
AMBY: Where would your dream concert take place and who would be in the line-up?
I Break Horses: William Basinski and Jon Hopkins somewhere in New York
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about I Break Horses that nobody knows yet?
I Break Horses: That we will soon be producing our own wine.
Thank you I Break Horses, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout