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Horte- Maa Antaa Yön Vaientaa (2021 Pelagic Records)

I had a super weird dream last night. I dreamt that Shakespeare’s Weird Sisters were at my bed singing their oracle hymns and probably predicting all kinds of ominous things for me. Except they sang in a weird language unknown to me, so I could not make anything out of it.

I woke up, checked my email, and found this new band called Horte in my inbox with a new outlandish album titled Maa antaa yon vaientaa. When I first listened to it I was immediately struck by lightning: this was the singing I heard in my dream.

I had already heard of this Finnish band, as they are related to one of my all time favorite Finnish bands Oranssi Pazuzu by their producer Juho Vanhanen, and through fellow dark psych brooders Dark Buddha Rising by the mix which was done by Saku Tamminen. Was I stoked? I was beyond that, this was an altogether mesmerizing experience.

Although their hazy psychedelics and weird atmospherics ties them together with their illustrious Finnish brethren, Horte plays some completely different music. Maa antaa yon vaientaa consists mostly of heavenly female vocals, fuzzy basslines, and songs that hold the line somewhere between modern Radiohead and Portishead. Just once, on Väisty Tieltä, they completely let go of all constraints and sound as erratic and otherworldly like Oranssi Pazuzu might, but mostly their sound is majestic and soothing.

I think presenting themselves as a shoegaze band, or a female vocal act in the vein of Chelsea Wolfe is selling Horte short actually, because what they have created here on this album is quite unique. It’s a psychedelic dream I like to dream some more, if only I knew what those Weird Sisters were singing…

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