natural part – horse jumper of love

‘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. 

14/30

A favourite: ‘Mask’ 

‘Horse Jumper of Love’ is out now via Run For Cover Records.

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