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THE HORN THE HUNT Depressur Jolie

Enigmatic Leeds duo THE HORN THE HUNT’s second album ‘Depressur Jolie’ is an intriguing listen.

Comprising of Clare Carter and Joseph Osborne, the pair have developed their own Nordic flavoured sound with added authenticity, courtesy of a quarter year spell of writing 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle on a tiny island next to the icecap.

Carter said of their sojourn: “Our time in Greenland was significant, artistically speaking. Being exposed to landscapes, the people and their history, their paganism. It made us realise why we had put ourselves in such an extreme environment”.

Writing in perpetual darkness has certainly had its effect on ‘Depressur Jolie’. Aurally disconcerting, the spectres of KATE BUSH, THE KNIFE and BJORK run throughout although industrial edges also permeate these musical pagan rituals.
The grandeur of ‘Raptor’ is simply tremendous; the sirens’ call provides a sonic chill while the brooding pitch shifting vocals take on several unsettling timbres.

‘Pleasureland’ is its more aggressive second cousin, further siren synths colouring the drumatics. Crossing FEVER RAY with NEW ORDER, ‘Henry’s Out’ is almost like tribal gothic disco while ‘Old Town Cow’ sees the synths all tuned to pentatonic scales while driven by the chattering sound of cowbells although HI-NRG this most certainly isnÍt!

The haunting title track features an interesting use of vocal samples for its booming heartbeat before the sequences kick in while ‘Harpoon’ could be the soundtrack to a Heathen ceremony. ‘Lava Dreams’ features sparse piano to drum machine accompaniment as Carter and Osborne pay homage to TALK TALK’s ‘Spirit Of Eden’ while the volcanic spectre of Karin Dreijer Andersson looms heavy.

The excellent ‘Follow You In There’ ends ‘Depressur Jolie’ on a comparatively optimistic note with exotic tones and strips of light poking through the Cimmerian shade.

Within all the inherent resignation though, there is ambition. “We wanted to make a big pop album… our ideal pop album… full of bold, aggressive songs that have no loyalty to any particular sound or style.” explains Carter. With guitars, drums and bass feeding the jagged dragon next to the futuristic sounds and beats, the downcast textures have a presence that will ultimately reward those who enjoy a challenging musical adventure.

Released on White Label Music which was co-founded by ADD N TO X’s Ann Shenton, ‘Depressur Jolie’ manages to be both mysterious and accessible.

Special Thanks to Alastair Neville at Charm Factory and Ann Shenton.

‘Depressur Jolie’ is released by White Label Music

THE HORN THE HUNT’s 2011 live dates include: Leeds Milo (Album Launch Party – 28th May), North Yorkshire Rough Beats Festival (10th June), Isle Of Man Laxey WMI (16th July), Isle Of Man Douglas Outback Bar (17th July), Skipton Beacons Festival (14th August), Lincolnshire Alchemy Festival (17th September), Winchester The Railway (7th October)


Text by Chi Ming Lai
26th May 2011


THE HORN THE HUNT are enigmatic Leeds based pop duo Clare Carter and Joseph Osborne.

They have an intriguing Nordic tinged sound which has added authenticity following a three-month spell writing on location in Greenland and spending half the time in perpetual darkness.

They released their self-titled debut album ndependently in 2009 but in early 2010 were signed by Ann Shenton of ADD N TO X’s White Label Music.

The grandiose ‘Raptor’ is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Depressur Jolie’. The vintage synths whirr like sirens, while the brooding bass compliments the multi-timbre vocals as they hit several octaves. Aurally disconcerting, the spectre of THE KNIFE runs throughout although the sinister edge of dark Teutonic industrialists RAMMSTEIN also lingers.

Of THE HORN THE HUNT’s other recent material, ‘Henry’s Out’ is percussively spooky with echoes of NEW ORDER fronted by Karin Dreijer Andersson while ‘Old Town Cow’ adds a Far Eastern flavour to some chattering cowbells. With additional inspiration from artists such as KATE BUSH, BJORK and ANGELO BADALAMENTI, Clare Carter says: “The darkness of the human mind and our difficult relationship with nature, these are the things that became apparent, and the most therapeutic way to deal with them, in all cultures, is through art.”

THE HORN THE HUNT’s music is mysterious but accessible. Sourced from futuristic sounds, stark beats and Pagan mythology, their sonic chill provides challenging but rewarding listening.

‘Depressur Jolie’ is scheduled to be released by White Label Music in May 2011



Text by Chi Ming Lai
2nd February 2011, updated 12th October 2013