Music and performer as one, it’s hard to know where I Break Horses begin and their walls of sound end. Vocalist and Swedish nephilim Maria Lindén is a calming apparition, yet indeterminate when overpowered by the huge celestial sheets of Fredrik Balck’s new wave order. Shoegaze appropriators can look at their laces all they want; chances are they’ll be lifted by the dream-scrambling, Koushik-Goldfrapp hybrid and wonder where gravity went. Sometimes Lindén just being ‘there’ is enough, her messages felt if not understood.
Words by MATT OLIVER