Dirty Three, Horse Stories

Yancey Strickler

By Yancey Strickler

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Horse Stories

Dirty Three
Touch & Go’s answer to Aaron Copland — sorta.

Opening with a screeching violin a la the viola in the Velvet Underground's "The Black Angel's Death Song," the instrumental Horse Stories cloaks itself in the tropes of the American West. Which could make Australia's Dirty Three something like Touch & Go's answer to Aaron Copland if only there was even a hint of sentimentality beneath the dusty veneer. The music packs an unexpected sense of rhythm thanks to Jim White's snare triplets and guitarist Mick Turner's — a god among the post-rock set — clanging chords.