Sound of the Week: Hunter As A Horse

After having great success with their debut release, The Two Magics Vol.1, and with their song ‘The Passenger’ which featured in American Horror Story: Hotel, Netflix’s hit TV show Riverdale and A&E’s Damien, Hunter As A horse release their follow up EP. A haunting, psychedelic synth-infused journey filled with stories of wolves, spirits and a first kiss shared in the woods, ‘The Two Magics Vol.2’, is the second EP from Hunter As a Horse. The sound is distinctly their own – a surprisingly comfortable blend of folk, disco and pop with dark cinematic leanings. Mixed by Ewan Pearson , the release is the result of a year-long self-imposed exile from Berlin to rural Italy. The band, who also wrote and produced Nina’s breakout hits ‘We Are the Wild Ones’ and ‘My Mistake’, moved south to “Channel the gods of dark cinematic Italo disco”.

Mia van Wyk (vocals and guitar) and Paul Gala (synths and machines) built a studio in an old farmhouse house in Tuscany, previously owned by the local sorcerer “il terzo occhio” (he who has the third eye), and began writing and creating their works in earnest. “We wanted to cut ties with the influences of the city and reconnect with nature in order to create something deeply honest and fearless. Where better than in the foothills of Tuscany. There’s a strong tradition of art and music in these hills”, says Mia.

The band cite influences as diverse as Nina Simone, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash, film scores and, of course, are heavily influenced by the sounds of the 80s. Hunter As a Horse’s shows, which draw on inspiration from Andy Warhol’s moody lighting of the Velvet Underground, are part of a collaboration with minimalist light artist Radarboy.

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