“On [‘Ballroom Dance Scene’], guitarists Lowenstein and Cheng’s sleep-smeared murmurs stumble into each other atop Reece’s steady drum work. The words and phrases that float to the surface sound like entries in a haunted dream journal” – Pitchfork
“Fantastic” – NPR Music’s All Songs Considered
“Horsegirl’s members are still in high school, but this Chicago trio sounds like they’ve been plotting their rise forever”– Paste
“Inspired by groups like Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Stereolab and Broadcast, Horsegirl make compelling, infectious songs layered with guitars, drums, vocals and intelligence” – Chicago Tribune
We are excited to introduce Horsegirl – a noisy trio from Chicago, who are one of the most exciting bands we have heard in a long time.
Comprised of Penelope Lowenstein (she/her), Nora Cheng (she/her), and Gigi Reece (they/them), they are all 17-18 years old, and draw inspiration from the shoegaze and post-punk sounds of the ’90s US and UK indie underground. Together for just over a year, they have played contemporary art museums, all ages venues, open mics and house parties.
We are very proud to be putting out their first ever physical release – a limited edition 7” single featuring ‘Ballroom Dance Scene’ and ‘Sea Life Sandwich Boy’ – on April 2. It’s up for pre-order now.
First written during a Chicago teacher’s strike in 2019, ‘Ballroom Dance Scene’ presents Horsegirl’s glassy guitars and vocal counterpoint, sounding a bit like a cross between Yo La Tengo and The Raincoats, with a Fripp-like guitar build that extinguishes the song. The competing vocal melodies cascade over one another, detailing the lives of various fictional characters.
The song’s accompanying video was created over the winter break. Shot partially on their phones and an old digital Canon, Lowenstein, Cheng and Reece retraced the routes between their homes, trying to capture anyone or anything they found intriguing. The street footage was filmed from the band’s 2004 Buick LeSabre, while the indoor shots were filmed in the attic of Reece’s childhood home.
With a title inspired by a misread product name sold at their local grocery store, ‘Sea Life Sandwich Boy’ was the first track Horsegirl wrote together and recorded in their basement and comes across like Pavement or The Breeders (or, more accurately, The Amps).
The single is released on cream vinyl, while Rough Trade have a limited number of a snot coloured variant. It’s a future classic and it’s only a small pressing (750 total), so don’t snooze on it.