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Sixteen Horsepower
Folklore (Jetset Records)

By: Alex Steininger

It's true, Sixteen Horsepower's Folklore is more indie-rock ambiance than country happenings. But, the band could be called a left of the dial country band that thinks outside of the box. Their banjo-tingled numbers and slide guitar parts leaning more towards country than indie rock, of course. However, the dark alleyways and unknown mysteries of their sound, the noise-under-the-bed fears and late-night nightmare melodies would have you believe this band is atmospheric indie darkness for the lonely, curious souls who love exploration and intrigue, but don't know how where to look to begin. But whatever you want to call it, the goth-flavored, chilling instrumentation, folk solitude, and whispery melodies point the finger at so many things, the goose bumps you get when listening to this record won't even know how to explain what you're hearing. But does it matter? If you can't label it, you'll keep coming back, if only out of morbid curiosity, to try to understand what it is exactly you're witnessing and experiencing when you play Folklore. I'll give it an A.
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