THE HORSE FLIES
One of the earliest bands to bring truly innovative ideas and energy to American fiddle music, The Horse Flies have undone tradition to create a unique sound that remains fresh, powerful and captivating. Artful original songs; a strong, wild groove; esteemed instrumental skills; and emotive singing come together in a mix of alternative rock, world percussion; modern songwriting, fiddle music, and minimalism.
Featured on influential radio station KCRW, Santa Monica, CA and currently in Paste Magazine’s “Paste Recommends”, The Horse Flies’ new album, Until the Ocean, is being played around the world and garnering positive comments from all corners.
Of the new album, radio is saying things like:
“Man, this new CD is the BEST you guys have ever done. Absolutely top-notch. “Build a House and Burn It Down,” “Carnival Lips,” you just can’t pick a best cut. Nothing bad on this album. We’re playing the crap out of it at WVTF. It has gotten instant phone and e-mail response. Thanks for sending this. We’re gonna be playing this one continually for a long time.”?Seth Williamson, WVTF, Roanoke, VA
Fans are saying:
“Sounds like they used all their influences and made a darn near perfect album.” (I-Tunes user)
“Stunning new album. Boy am I a happy man. If you know the music of the Horse Flies, you’ll know what you’re in for. Wowdom. Unique and groovy.” (Quincy, MA)
Press is saying:
“Unique and treasurable” (fRoots Magazine – 5 star review)
“To start a CD review with superlatives is unusual, but outstanding, sublime, magnificent, innovative, breathtaking and arresting are terms that spontaneously come up when listening to this studio album from the Horse Flies, their first in a long time.” (Rootstime, Belgium)
“Until The Ocean, The Horse Flies’ first studio release in more than fifteen years, is an immense and captivating work of sophisticated art: not only the finest album to come out of the Ithaca area in many years, it stands among the best American releases from any region in any genre this year. While most US bands seem content to rehash and revisit well-trodden territory, only venturing tentatively and hesitantly into the uncharted landscape of new sounds and ideas, The Horse Flies confidently chart a course that transcends both topographic and sonic classification.” (Luke Fenchel, Ithaca Times)
The Flies’ new album, Until the Ocean, is their first since the passing of their beloved bass player of 17 years, John Hayward, in 1997. Recorded at Electric Wilburland, Pyramid Sound, and the band’s Gray House, it was mixed by Canadian, Kevin Doyle (Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, Ron Sexsmith, Alannah Myles, and many more) and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in Manhattan.
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The new CD is now on sale at Ludgate’s Farm Market on Hanshaw Road! [map] and other local Ithaca retailers.