by Tiana Feng
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Label: Saved By Vinyl
Horse Chief! War Thief! is the third full-length from Calgary Alberta’s Ghostkeeper. They are quite eclectic to say the least.
I had previously heard the more digestible “Luella” and it definitely belies the rest of the album. The tribal beginning of the title tune grows instantly into the weird classifying it as “avant” music but in the most galling way.
“The Indians” tries to be playful with its unpredictably fast (and at times slow) melodies and weird noises. However, it comes off as trying too hard and also a little racist.
The album is so restless and definitely not one of those things you listen to while trying to accomplish tasks. It’s like Girl Talk’s Feed the Animals in the sort of change-every-few seconds ADD kind of way. The album is a lot like if you were trying to be doing something productive but then watched a screaming goat video, ended up reading 10 Wikipedia articles and thumbed up random cat photos on Reddit.
There are a few grounded moments like in “Turn up the Heat” where creativity perfectly melds with the words “shake it off”. “Gospel Singer” on the other hand sounds like a mixing mess production wise. Also, they suddenly decided to rap. At least the album isn’t boring. I’ll give it that.
If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you know I don’t hate the peculiar. In fact I constantly seek it out. When trying to be eccentric there needs to be a balance or it becomes an inorganic disaster.