Have you ever had a dream that was so good that you woke up and tried to go back to sleep to reenter it? Have you felt the disappointment that you could never get that feeling back? What would you give to have that one dream again? No matter your answer, what if I told you all you had to do was check out Space Horse on Bandcamp? With the newly released Just a Light Jacket, Space Horse was able to create that dreamy feeling we all long for. The duo is from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Made up of Lindsay Wessinger (lead vocals/drum machine/keyboard) and John Atkins (backing vocals/guitar/drums), they describe their style as “bedroom rock.”
Just a Light Jacket is made up of four original songs and two covers. The covers are “Cannonball” by The Breeders, and “Schizophrenia” by Sonic Youth. The cover of “Cannonball” is more mellow than the original, while still being recognizable. If you’re in the same freshman class as the Breeders’ version, then Space Horse is the senior older brother who drives a Mustang to school. “Schizophrenia” is also done in the same lens of taking an original and putting a new attitude to it.
The opening track, “First & Last” tells of the difference a relationship takes over time. Arpeggiated chords, and a slow yet precise drumbeat drives the song as the story is carried by the dreamy harmonies provided by both Wessinger and Atkins. Immediately following is “Sylvia,”a mellowed-out ballad that follows the same formula. Despite the similarities of the structure of each song, the album does not get boring. Repeat listens are a must. The multiple layers of sound leave things to be discovered that can be easily overlooked on the first, second and even third listens.
The fourth track “Bones” changes from the reverb based slowed down pace of the other tracks and gives an over-driven guitar and space aged synth to the listener. A more traditional rock song, the synth lines still give the floating vibe that is achieved on the rest of the album to keep the name Space Horse relevant. Even casual fans of psychedelic rock are sure to fall in love with Space Horse and their bedroom rock sound.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Airon Wessinger at his home studio in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Released on January 27, 2018 Just a Light Jacket can be heard on Bandcamp. Space Horse can be found playing shows at many Oklahoma music festivals, including an appearance at the Barnacle Banger just before the release of Just a Light Jacket.
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