‘Horse Jumper of Love’ begins with what sounds like a bowel-troubled Josh Tillman. The record doesn’t fulfill itself because it steps in so many great directions at once: it’s a strange problem to have. Each track exhibits a moment that was part of a better record in a different universe. On ‘I Poured Sugar in Your Shoes,’ the eccentricity is watered down by weak mixing; on ‘Under the House,’ there’s a genuine commitment to a flat riff; ‘Sitting on the Porch At Night,’ features a nice melody without the vocals to fuel it. It’s not good enough, only because it truly could have been.
A favourite: ‘Mask’
‘Horse Jumper of Love’ is out now via Run For Cover Records.