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Fredrik Balck and Maria Lindén of the Stockholm duo I Break Horses met one another through an online medical forum for hypochondriacs before realizing that they had similar musical tastes. Their 2011 debut album, Hearts, mirrors this curious bond, with dreamy, shoegaze-textured songs that largely muse on life’s fragile nature. “Winter Beats” makes good on its title, with icy synths and electro flourishes glistening like fresh snowfall under pulsing beats. Over this, Lindén’s gauzy coos intertwine with Balck’s androgynous inflections; they sound like the offspring of My Bloody Valentine’s Bilinda Butcher and Kevin Shields. On the title track, the warm static of guitar distortion undulates over heartbeat rhythms as Balck and Lindén’s sublime singing takes a hushed, fluff-on-the-needle approach. Lindén sings lead on “Wired,” with New Order–inspired drum machine patterns backing up unpredictable melodies. Some otherworldly-sounding synthesizers lace the hauntingly beautiful “Cancer,” where Lindén sings minimal parts under comforting krautrock-tinged oscillations.

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Great Great Great!

My favorite new band!


This is the new breed of shoegaze and i love it. A little cocteau twins, sprinkled with a bit of my bloody valentine finished off with a dusting of M83. It all leaves a lush orgasmic sound in ones ears. Pure bliss.


The first song is interesting. After that it falls off a cliff. No way they're asking $9 for this POS!


Formed: 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Stockholm, Sweden-based duo I Break Horses reenergize their shoegaze and dream pop influences, adding buzzing synthesizer to layers of distorted guitar and gauzy, majestic vocals. Fredrik Balck (Strip Music), who handles instrumental duties, and singer Maria Lindén (Blackstrap) met in 2008 under unusual circumstances: both self-professed hypochondriacs, they regularly visited the same online medical forum and discovered they shared friends as well as a passion for playing music. For the next three...
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