Horse Stories announces a limited run of hand crafted CD boxes of November, November
and 2010 NYC shows!
Horse Stories – the main band project of
singer, songwriter, composer, producer and writer Toby Burke –
will self release November, November on January 19th,
and announces a special limited edition run of CD boxes of the release and
a special trip to NYC to celebrate.
Learn more about the 100 CD boxes HERE.
UNCUT gives Horse Stories 4 Stars and raves
“very special indeed…like ’68 Dylan”.
Horse Stories Shows
Jan 19 – Rockwood Music Hall – NY, NY
Jan 21 – Pete’s Candy Store – NY, NY
Check out first single “Hummingbird (We’ll Be Okay)” HERE!
The Review is in from UNCUT for November, November!
Toby Burke is back in the saddle, confidently.
Appearances, so it goes are deceptive. November, November sounds pleasant enough on the first couple of plays, but once it really sinks in it’s very special indeed. It’s been four years since the last album from the LA-based Australian Toby Burke, but followers will find the same familiar sway in these pasoral songs, given uplift by sudden swells of strings and intricate arrangements. Burke himself sounds more like ‘68 Dylan, especially on “Hummingbird” and “The Weight”. The string laden “Believer” finds him crooning like gentler Scott Walker. It could easily be his own “No Regrets”.
After circling the globe for the past 4 years since the release of Everyone’s A Photographer, Australian singer/ songwriter Toby Burke landed in the Silver Lake section of LA, holed himself up in a garage for the next two years. Day by day, verse by verse crafting the heavenly songs that make up November, November
Burke has released three Horse Stories albums to date, one solo record, an experimental instrumental record (and accompanying photography project) under the title Perfect Black Swan, as well as working on scores, art instillations and publishing fiction (sometimes as TB Hemingway). All this whilst spending time living in London, Melbourne (his place of birth) and his more permanent base, Los Angeles, where Horse Stories first formed.
UK Press Love for HorseStories
“Expertly judged chamber-pop, twang swapped for painstaking production… Burke’s vocals evoke Joe Pernice, gentle, wracked, velvety exhalations that sweeten his powerfully bleak pieces.”
“The painterly approach and fragile harmonies have served them well… the quieter moments could raise gooseflesh.”
“Projected via a quietly commanding voice, songs emerge paine and mysterious, but not without hope.”
The Age (Melbourne)
“Wonderful… Reference points are that lonely, slow-motion American indie rock-of-ages, from early REM to Galaxie 500.”
“Three albums in, the unfettered melancholy bliss of the man from Melbourne’s electronica-tinged, dust-clouded tales are surely going to find themselves a wider audience… recall(s) Wilco’s recent awesome studio-bound experimentation and REM at their most countrified respectively. Really, there’s no higher praise than that.”
Who is Horse Stories?
Although it’s been four years now since the last Horse Stories record (the critically lauded Everyone’s A Photographer), it’s hard to say that Toby Burke hasn’t been busy – with two offerings of experimental instrumental music (one accompanied by a photographic exhibition), two collections of short stories, score work, record producing and a major gallery installation, all to his name in that time.
Ever the nomad, Toby’s been on the move again too. In 2007, after two years back in his birthplace, Melbourne and largely out of the music scene, Toby relocated to his adopted home of Los Angeles (his third international relocation in four years). It was there, holed-up in a windowless garage under his house in the Silver Lake neighborhood, that the material for November, November was arduously crafted.
Doing what he could to make the dark and dingy garage space as hospitable a studio as possible – including painting one wall “monster” green to brighten things up and rolling in an old piano – Toby set out to write 10 undeniably well-crafted songs, demo’ing each numerous times. All-the-while sharpening not only the songs, but his guitar playing, new piano skills and fresh way of approaching singing.
The result is November, November, Horse Stories’ most assured, mature and consistent album to date. Recorded mostly live-to-tape with producer/multi-instrumentalist Luther Russell and engineer/bassist Jason Hiller. With help from old friend Beth Balmer, they conjured up an album that touches upon the Holy Grail of record making; something that is both classic and original.