THE Horn The Hunt are contemporary award-winning visual artist Clare Carter and multi-instrumentalist Joe Osborne.
And now, this weekend, they are hopping over the Irish Sea to reveal their talents on stage at the Laxey Working Men’s Institute and The Outback in Douglas.
‘What makes them exciting’, explained promoter Mark Armstrong from Talismann Promotions, ‘is that they were a personal recommendation from Turin Brakes, last year’s “gig of the year”.’
The pair’s dark, soulful, percussion heavy electronic music is a response to a lengthy journey they took traveling through the dark territories of Europe.
Greenland, Iceland, Norway and The Netherlands were charted and navigated before they returned to their native North Yorkshire, which in their second album, Deprussur Jolie is another dark place.
Of her art, Clare said: ‘It may ask questions about how people coexist with the landscapes they inhabit and the hidden complexities surrounding the notions of place and habitat.’
That ethic also pervades Deprussur Jolie, most notably in songs such as the single Raptor and YouTube hit Old Town Cow, which Carter said ‘paints a melancholy picture of where I currently live in Leeds, and parts of the north-east coast of England.
‘But to me the general feeling of the music is more grounded in the countryside of the West Yorkshire Pennines, where I grew up. The urban and rural landscapes weave together to suggest a sort of labyrinth environment made up of signposts, tracks, pavements and roads, with the sea as the perimeter.’
The pair are fresh from supporting Zola Jesus last year, and now have Conor Lawrence on drums.
With support from local trio Hoodoo Nation, The Horn the Hunt will play in Laxey tomorrow night and in Douglas on Sunday.
l Tickets, costing £10, are available from Peter Norris Music in Douglas or from Mark on 498789.