Track Of The Day – Riothorse – ‘Rabbit Hole’

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This week we’ve already mentioned the use of the musical comparison, and it being attacked as ‘lazy’ (see here)  Personally we find the well judged comparison can be a handy tool to give a rough overview of what one might expect to hear.  So be warned the following may contain at least one slight musical comparison!

Riothorse (not to be confused with Swedish metal heads Riot Horse) is a brand new collaboration between musicians Emily Greene (Passion Pit, Kissy Girls) and Madi Diaz.  Madi describes Riothorse as an ” an art project”  and says “I started this side project band with one of my really good friends, Emily Greene. We kinda came together in the fall because we were both super-scorned women by bad boyfriends.” 

‘Rabbit Hole,’ the first track to emerge from the duos forthcoming four track EP ‘The Guest House’ is a mesmerising, hypnotic exercise in lush layered vocals, sounding not unlike a more focused, tighter Warpaint. It’s a soothing and beautiful tune, eloquent, graceful with Madi and Emily’s exquisite vocals combining elegantly to produce something haunting, ethereal and almost choral rather than the sound of vengeful women scorned. Liz Phair is also a big fan, tweeting  My very favorite thing right now, esp. Live: RIOTHORSE. Joy Division meets The Raincoats.’

Madi, who began playing piano at the age of five, perhaps influenced by her Dad who was a keyboard player in a Frank Zappa tribute band before switching to guitar, is also about to release a solo album entitled ‘Phantom’

 Riothorse site | Twitter  | Kissy Girls | Madi Diaz

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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