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GusGus - Arabian Horse (Kompakt)

£22.99

RELEASED: 9th April 2021
2 x Vinyl LP

Format:  2 x Vinyl LP
Cat No:  KOMPAKT231

2021 repress of "Arabian Horse" (2011) showcasing GusGus’ versatility and stunning songwriting ability.
It came two years after GusGus graced us with their enigmatic Kompakt debut "24/7". This album was return to form for the trio, earning much acclaim and fanfare thanks to its conceptual rigidity and pure glamour. Conceived solely with the help of two precious Doepfer modular systems and Daniel August's all-pervasive vocals, it could have been easily characterized as Gus Gus' unofficial live album. If you had the chance to catch one of their many live shows on their exhaustive world-wide tour, you know what drive and emotion their show brought to the stage and crowd.

Compared to GusGus’ stripped down predecessor for Kompakt, "Arabian Horse" is much more "in your face" – the songs brim with big gestures, enthralling hooks, pop and soul! GusGus have perfected the craft of balancing that fine line between commercial pop and underground dance music. But who needs compartmentalization when we're talking about music and emotion? Take the powerful schaffel (aka shuffle) anthem "Deep Inside" which makes use of big room chords you'd normally hear in more commercial tunes but balances that with a ferocious bass line and vocal duel that belongs to anyone. This sincerity in their music carries throughout “Arabian Horse”. Another prime example of this is the Högni fronted "Within You" – strings converge with his breathtaking vocals backed by a thoroughly addictive techno bass kick.

It’s a fact that GusGus retraced their original influences and created a dance pop album that equally resonates a forgotten period of early ‘90’s dance pop (think The Beloved), classic house music and urban soul a la Massive Attack. But make no mistake, "Arabian Horse" does not sound like pure retro in any way. 

TRACKLISTING:

1. Selfoss 
2. Be With Me Now
3. Deep Inside 
4. Over 
5. Within You 
6. Arabian Horse 
7. Magnified Love 
8. Changes Come 
9. When Your Lover´s Gone 
10. Benched