I Break Horses is a melodious electronic duo from Sweden that I absolutely fell for the first time I heard the first single "Hearts" (via their first video), and I've been dying for more material from their upcoming debut album Hearts, which is out August 23 on I Kill Love/Bella Union records. At the time, I said: "The sound is very dream-pop, like a rural Beach House, yet not nearly as sedated," which is all good. I was filled with glee, then, when I received a link in my e-mail yesterday to their new music video/single "Winter Beats," and was not let down in the slightest when I followed it.
The vid is just as gorgeous and artfully done as "Hearts" was, yet both the video and the song have a distinctly different feel than the first offering. The track feels quite a bit more uplifting both at its onset and at its conclusion; it's a happy song throughout, as opposed to the light-vs.-dark juxtaposition at the core of "Hearts." Meanwhile, the video takes the complete opposite route, flashing through animal skulls, haunting mirrored images, and shadowy faces while high-pitched synth notes dance over the top. Again, the action builds, both sonically and visually, and by the end, everything is on fire.