The band closes out their Room 205 sessions with a punchy, improvised performance that totally rips.
With vast appreciation and excitement, we present the final installment of our Room 205 episode with I Break Horses. For this punchy, improvised live performance of “Load Your Eyes,” director Forrest Borie employs a top secret animated screen-grab technique to accentuate drummer Fredrik Balck’s glitchy beats and the robust, off-the-cuff elegance of singer Maria Linden’s remarkable voice.
Special thanks goes to I Break Horses for making this episode of Room 205 possible. Despite all being ill with the flu and suffering an unexpected summer heat wave, their goodwill and resolve won out. Thanks also to director Forrest Borie, set designer Tamarra Younis, dp Jeffrey Peters, audio engineer J. Clark, camera operator Conor Simpson, and producer/camera operator Arlie Carstens. In every sense of the word, this episode of Room 205 was truly an inspired collaborative creation.
Look for a new episode of Room 205 next month.
In their second installment of Room 205, Sweden’s I Break Horses conjure an ebullient sea of shimmering synths and insistent beats in this exceptionally intimate live performance.
Today we premiere the second installment of Room 205 with special guest I Break Horses. Inspired by the stark intimacy and rising euphoria of “Hearts,” set designer Tamarra Younis turned Room 205 into a soft cocoon of billowing muslin gauze. Thereafter, director Forrest Borie shot the entire performance through dozens of tiny glory holes cut into the fabric. But why? Well, as directors go, Borie’s a bit of a peeping tom. He wanted to capture I Break Horses doing what they do best—getting lost in the moment. The resulting video offers a beautiful, glowing snapshot of the band in all its blissed out glory.
Look for the final I Break Horses x Room 205 performance, “Load Your Eyes,” to launch Monday, September 24th.
While on a recent US tour supporting M83, Sweden’s I Break Horses stopped into Room 205 for a deeply weird live session opening with a performance of “Wired.”
Room 205 welcomes you to the densely layered world of I Break Horses, the nom de plume of Maria Lindén and musical partner Fredrik Balck. While on a recent US tour supporting M83, the duo stopped into Room 205 for a deeply weird live session during a brutal heatwave. It was HOT and they were sick as dogs, so they stripped to their underwear before a single note warbled from their synths. Even so, the vibe created by the white light/white heat/white underwear delivered the first almost-perfect episode of Room 205.
Residing in Stockholm, Sweden, I Break Horses quietly crafted their 2011 debut album Hearts via stolen moments gathered up over a span of three years. Although heavily (and openly) influenced by MBV, Slowdive and Jesus & Mary Chain, I Break Horses is far from an exercise in typical shoegaze fare. Coupled with Lindén’s vocals, a gorgeous Scandinavian croon bathed in layers of oceanic reverb and tremelo, and God only knows how many synths, drum pads and ornately effected guitar chords, I Break Horses offers a unique sonic experience unlike anything else you’ll soon hear.
Look for the next installment of the episode to launch next Monday, September 17 with a performance of “Hearts”.