Anyone lucky enough to have witnessed Whyte Horses Experience’s “engaging, eccentric extravaganza” (The Guardian) at Royal Festival Hall in September will know the Whyte Horses make a joyous kind of music but one that is often juxtaposed with a sprinkling of the melancholic. It’s a sound which lifts and tugs at the heartstrings simultaneously.
Therefore, following on from their cricitally acclaimed sophmore release ‘Empty Words’ in March of this year, it seems perfectly fitting that Manchester’s psych-pop outfit should release not one, but two Christmas singles this December in the form of double-A side Next Year Will Be Mine backed-with Coldest Night of the Year. Songs that beautifully blend the indie-psych, cosmic folk and 60s French-style pop unique to Whyte Horses, laced with some lovelorn lyrics and magical Christmas bells.
Next Year Will Be Mine is an original Whyte Horses track full of joyful eccentric kitsch, chiming Christmas bells and honeyed harmonies. A festive treat that will warm the heart of any Christmas Scrooge. The song captures the shedding of one year and the hope of all the next one will bring. Wrapped up in wall-of-sound production, so distinctive, that anyone would be forgiven if they thought Phil Spector had a hand in making this record.
Coldest Night of the Year is a cover of Vashti Bunyan’s circa.1960’s classic. It pays homage to the original but with lashings of Whyte Horses’ magic. The soaring chorus melts away the heartache and turns the song into one which captures the wonderful bittersweet feeling of the longing for loved ones at this time of year.
Both tracks were recorded at Studio Humbug, Isle of Wight. Both were also produced by Boe Weaver. The singles will be released as a double A-side digitally on 1st December. A limited edition 7” will follow on 21st December via CRC Records.
Following their critically acclaimed show at Royal Festival Hall this September, Whyte Horses are taking Christmas time to make more glorious music before heading to the US . In the new year they will play their debut headline show in Los Angeles followed by SXSW.