Track Premiere: Minihorse—’King of the Concrete’

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Minihorse is the extraterrestrial shoegaze project of Ypsilanti, MI scene staple Ben Collins. The 32-year-old has produced and engineered records for Stef Chura, Fred Thomas, Bonny Doon, and others, but his own band has more in common with indie royalty; the brittle hooks of Elliott Smith, the dynamic progressions of Grandaddy, and the textural girth of My Bloody Valentine (particularly their 2013 opus m b v). “King Of The Concrete,” which we’re premiering below, is the third single from his upcoming record Living Room Art, and its two minutes are a mere blip of the beauty that encompasses the full record.

Collins’ songs are incredibly well-produced and meticulously performed, with tons of space in the mix for distorted guitar leads and gravelly basslines to float alongside one another like stardust. The oscillating reverb that kicks off this track flashes behind Collins’ muted yet expressive vocal delivery, battling against his declaration of the song’s title. It’s over and done in a blink, but there’s enough going on in that brief moment to go back and dissect multiple times over.

Stream it below:

Living Room Art is out 7/26 via Park The Van Records.

Eli Enis | @eli_enis

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