Badlands by Pale Horse.
Bandcamp Link: Badlands
Now, when you name your band “Pale Horse”, as in Revelations 6:8, “And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.” Well, let’s just say, certain expectations must be met. You’re either a death metal band or you’re a Atmospheric-Western-Cinematic-Drone type thing. Or something between.
With an album named “Badlands”, it could go either way.
Jeremiah Cymerman is an East Coast Clarinetist, Composer, Sound Engineer, and writer/podcaster (The 5049 Records Podcast). Pale Horse, (If you can find the right one. There are several bands by this name,) is his atmospheric drone-doom project. Think, the music for The Road, perhaps, if it was a Western.
Anyway, this is great. The super low sub-bass drones alone are awesome. Then he adds various stringed and woodwind instruments to creak out a squeak of melody while a door slams shut in the wind. Crows are picking over the bones of a mule. The vultures are circling. And the wind is picking up again. We better find some cover before it gets dark.
There are only 3 people on this album, clarinet, cello, and drums, but it ends up sounding like about 10. I love it.
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