16 Horsepower

Folklore

Release Date: 06/17/2002 · Format: CD · Catalog-No: GR 560

After their stint with A&M 16 Horsepower signed to indie Glitterhouse Records. Their third album “Secret South” was released in March 2000 to high critical acclaim. “Hoarse”, a live album put together from shows during the A&M years came out a year later.

After numerous tours around the world the band felt that they needed to spend more time with their families and decided to take a break from recording and live shows. The ever creative songwriter David Eugene Edwards, however, used the free time to record his solo-debut, which was released as “Woven Hand” in spring 2002 (on Glitterhouse Records).

Prior to that (January `02) the band met in Denver to record the long-awaited follow-up to “Secret South”. The result is “Folklore”, a departure towards a more mature sound. While the sound may be quieter, the songs have not lost none of their power and moody intensity. Just listen to the opener “Hutterite Mile” and feel the hypnotic voice of David Eugene creep inside your guts.

When in early `96 a journalist asked David Eugene Edwards about his influences he replied: “Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash, Joy Division, The Birthday Party/Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Gun Club and the Hungarian band Muzsikas.”

“Folklore” finally reflects those influences and comes full circle. Here you will find the evocative lyrical qualities of Bob Dylan, the gloomy delivery of Leonard Cohen, Johnny Cash´s “Love, God & Murder” trilogy distilled into one, Jeffrey Lee Pierce´s exorcism-in-progress and Ian Curtis´ haunting melodies. You will also witness a similar musical development Nick Cave underwent from his Birthday Party days.

16 Horsepower continues to explore their obsessions with religion, death and love with a frightening intensity and emotional edge, although in a more subdued fashion.

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Tracklist

1. Hutterite Mile
2. Outlaw Song
3. Blessed Persistence
4. Alone And Forsaken
5. Single Girl
6. Beyond The Pale
7. Horse Head Fiddle
8. Sinnerman
9. Flutter
10. La Robe A Parasol

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