Deer Shed 26th - 29th July 2024
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, N Yorks

26th - 29th July 2024

Brown Horse

Brown Horse

Brown Horse are a Norwich-based country rock band. Rooted in a collaborative approach to songwriting, the six-piece mix guitar-driven 90s alternative rock with the folk and country sounds of the 70s. Reservoir is the debut album from Brown Horse. Although recorded over just four days in a quiet corner of Norfolk, the album is a collaborative effort years in the making.

The songs of Reservoir are rooted in a country-rock tradition. While the band acknowledges an indebtedness to the turn-of-the-millennium alt-country sounds of Uncle Tupelo, Silver Jews, Lucinda Williams, and Jason Molina, the songs on the album also resonate with the preceding 'Last Waltz' generation of seventies folk-rock artists, as well as more recent works.

Leaning on the alternative margins of the genre, Reservoir keeps a firm foot in country-rock tradition. This push-and-pull is nodded to in ‘Stealing Horses’, a reflection on the continual returns and revisions at play in the history of country music. Tracks like this and ‘Shoot Back’ intersperse the particular sadness of Reservoir with pockets of sepia warmth and contemplation. The sound of Brown Horse is rich and layered, with lap steel, electric guitar and accordion surfacing and exchanging phrases as in ‘Outtakes’, a propulsive track electric with strange emotion, depicting a dry river and a storm on the verge. Not to be missed, too, is the sense of untethered pace alive in ‘Blue Roses/Silver Bullet’, which calls up fragments of adventure and intensity.