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Wednesday, Apr 30 2014

If you've been finding yourself wondering what San Francisco would feel like as a desolate, wintry tundra, we respectfully recommend peeling yourself off that grassy knoll and heading downhill to catch Stockholm-based hypnotronica duo I Break Horses, whose slow-burn scorched-earth ballads reconstitute the ethos of vintage shoegaze by way of high Scandinavian design. Chiaroscuro, released this January on London label Bella Union, sets the forlorn croon of singer Maria Lindén against synthetic vamps that are even steelier and more frostbitten — and as it happens more dance-friendly — than those on the group's 2011 debut, Hearts. The duo finds appropriate support in the mournful, almost-organic troubadourship of Los Angeleno Dexter Tortoriello, alias Dawn Golden, whose first full-length, Still Life, is due out in mid-May. Just in time for the, uh, flowers.

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