Whyte Horses are a Manchester project helmed by Dom Thomas of Finders Keepers, who is all about exploring global vinyl archives to find unheard wonders. That feeds into the band, whose sound combines an implausibly wide array of genres into an energetic melange that just about seems to work. Pop Or Not is out on CRC Music.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 05 May 2016
Mancunian crate digger Dom Thomas is in charge of thee Whyte Horses, a band who craft loose pop vignettes like they’re planets doing their own thing in an overarching galaxy.;“Pop Or Not” is an ickle slice of psychedelic Mercury, and it moves onto “The Snowfalls” like it’s the slightly bigger Venus. Mixing in proper song-written tunes with swirling and often looping jams, it sounds like this band are making the kind of record Maston, Jacco Gardner or Vic Mars would, only with the constant melodic reshuffling of Woo.
‘Pop Or Not’ has a lot of summer tricks in its bag: “The Snowfalls” promises lovely, finely-jangled riffs and skyward harmonies, while “Peach Tree Street” offers a slower tune for your hot-weather lethargy by going down into a slower tempo and scattering its chords like shade. Thomas’ band have a knack for creating a disparate collection of songs that both blend together and wander away from the pack -- the result being that you’re never tired of what you’re listening to, but you’re always cosied by it. The sicky-sweet, highly xylophonic ‘60s pop of “La Couleur Originelle” is a far cry from the dreamy synth swirl of “She Owns The World”, but the two tracks get along quite well next to one another.
Listen to this on a bright day, in a good mood, when you’re expecting things to stay that way: it’s seventeen songs long and it exists for those clear-minded days when you just want to follow a good riff down the slide. Quite alright.
9/10 Ginny Customer review, 20th May 2016
I think it's a great pop album with echoes of Stereolab and other great sixties easy listening music. Free Design etc.
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