ALBUM REVIEW: Emma Ruth Rundle – On Dark Horses | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 14.09.18






Having come to attention first as a solo guitarist and member of Red Sparowes, Emma Ruth Rundle has increasingly titled the focus towards her elusive songwriting and ghostly vocals, with On Dark Horses marking another stride forward in her trajectory.

Her work here enacts a faceoff between that old myth of ‘confessional’ song writing and something far more mystical and beyond easy classification. On Dark Horses sets tales of struggle within a metaphysical view of the American West, and the album’s sonic landscape of heavy, cinematic guitar work and insistent percussion adds to the album’s blurring of the lines separating the internal and external. A work of outward heft and force and hidden secrets and truths, On Dark Horses is a compelling, transportative piece of work.


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