Manchester-based songwriter Ryan Kennedy was inspired by his recent move to Tokyo on his fourth Horsebeach album The Unforgiving Current. The lonely, nocturnal travelogue feel of the record expresses that indescribable sense of loneliness that, weirdly, only comes in extremely populous city centres.
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Horsebeach is an admirably-independent project masterminded by Ryan Kennedy. Horsebeach's fourth album, 'The Unforgiving Current', is a joyfully jangly record with an ocean of melancholy reportedly inspired by Kennedy's move to Tokyo.
Of course, we have heard the instrumentation on this record before from the likes of DIIV and Mac DeMarco,as well as forebearers like Slowdive and Cocteau Twins. However, what sets this record apart is the wonderful vocals from Kennedy binding everything together; they're soft and emotional but never affected. There are a few synths tickling the arrangements and even an Roland 808 or CR-78 blipping away in places that rescue this album from sounding rehashed.
There's some nice 80s wistful romance on this record, especially on songs like 'Unlucky Strike' and 'Vanessa', and it's pleasingly jazzy in places. What sets 'The Unforgiving Current' back is just how washy and chorus-drenched each song can be. However, it's still an enjoyable record that's imbibed with a tangible sense of dislocation and tired languor.
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