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poor horse to release ‘HOSPITAL’ Oct. 21

poor horse will release its second album of 2021, “HOSPITAL,” on all streaming services Oct. 21.

artist’s note: this is an extremely personal record for me, given that it uses audio recordings I made while visiting my son in the NICU. my goal was to capture the stress, joy, claustrophobia and wonder of spending seven-plus hours per day in a hospital for almost a month-and-a-half. my wife and I had to take turns seeing our son because of COVID protocols, so I spent my free time in the waiting room working on the album. the act of creation helped me to process everything we were going through.

“HOSPITAL” is also my first foray into electronic music. the decision to venture into more ambient territory was inspired by a number of artists who’ve influenced me through the years, most notably Claire Rousay, Brian Eno, Portishead, Boards of Canada and Harold Budd. it was also a decision born out of circumstance: I couldn’t bring my guitar into the hospital, so digitized music was my only option.

poor horse also has several other projects in the works, all of which will be announced later this year or early in 2022.


Bandcamp to feature “crookhollow and variations” in New & Notable

poor horse’s forthcoming album, “crookhollow and variations,” will be featured in Bandcamp’s New & Notable section March 25, according to Bandcamp Daily Senior Editor Jes Skolnik.

“crookhollow and variations” will be poor horse’s sixth full-length studio album and its first instrumental lp.

poor horse to release “crookhollow and variations” March 25

poor horse will release its newest album, “crookhollow and variations,” on Bandcamp March 25.

recorded in a first-take style over the course of two weeks, “crookhollow and variations” is an entirely improvised instrumental meditation on mystery and vastness. recording locations included a cellar in the smoky mountains and a condo bathroom on harbor island, south carolina.

artist’s note: “shortly before the ‘crookhollow’ sessions, my unborn son was diagnosed with an extremely rare genetic disorder called van maldergem syndrome. the exasperation, confusion, anger, sadness and wonder i felt in the weeks after that diagnosis informed the shape and style of ‘crookhollow.’ so, too, did the soft mountains and strange shadows of the great smoky mountains.”

“crookhollow and variations” is poor horse’s first album since last year’s “a country of the mind.” poor horse also has several other projects in the works, all of which will be announced later this year.

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