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Sunday, February 9, 2020

Will's Pub appearance by Horse Jumper of Love also brings peeks at new Orlando bands Daisy-Chain and Future Ghost

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  • Horse Jumper of Love at Will's Pub
THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
Horse Jumper of Love, Daisy Chain and Future Ghost at Will’s Pub, Feb. 6

The featured import of the latest Ugly Orange concert was Run for Cover Records band Horse Jumper of Love, who were making their Florida debut. Heroes of the Boston house-show scene, they’re a slowcore band who are more than just bummer strummers.
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  • Horse Jumper of Love at Will's Pub
Their songs are overcast emotion rendered in slo-mo, occasionally rising from the torpor in swelling crests of guitar fuzz. It’s music that comes over you like codeine and, well, Codeine. Although certainly very atmospheric, they do more than just hover. Their sleepwalking features twists and left turns that evoke some choice 1990s indie rock.
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Somewhat more stripped than their recordings, HJOL’s live arrangement gave particular emphasis to their interesting melodic detailing and the vocal emotion of singer-guitarist Dimitri Giannopoulos. It was a juxtaposition of mood and sonics that cast a state of hypnotic suspension that works the dynamic between light and heavy. And for a generally quiet band, the applause came loud.
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As the forward-looking promoters at Ugly Orange are laudably wont to do, the rest of the night’s bill was a showcase of fresh local talent with looks at a couple new notable acts.
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  • Daisy-Chain at Will's Pub
Particularly promising were young Orlando band Daisy-Chain, one of the most distinctive new prospects to sprout up lately. Steeped in the aesthetics of classic alternative, they’re an arty blend of jangle-pop and post-punk, even looking the part like a living snapshot of the early 1980s UK underground. Watch for them.
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Also playing were indie rockers Future Ghost, another brand-new local act – so new, in fact, that they didn’t yet have enough band material to constitute an opening set. Even though they performed as a big sextet, the band revolves around the creative duo of Jake Ellis and Kat Albanese. Their set was a grab bag of Future Ghost songs and their individual material under the respective names Jake Ellis and Coach Kit.
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The Future Ghost material benefits from their combination of melodic sensibilities and coed vocal chemistry. Live, they paint their airborne songs with richness and dynamism in full rock arrangement made widescreen by keyboards and sometimes even a second percussionist.
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