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On ‘The Common Task,’ Horse Lords takes a step toward the future

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Credit: Audrey Gatewood

The music of Baltimore’s Horse Lords has always borne, at heart, a radical trigonometry. Formed in the early 2010s, the quartet–drummer Sam Haberman, guitarist Owen Gardner, saxophone player/percussionist Andrew Bernstein and bassist/electronics guy Max Eilbacher–dependably tussle genres into cinched shapes.

Wume is warmer and bouncier, with more to say, on ‘Towards the Shadow’

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Photo by Kevin Blackistone.

“Maintain,” the 2015 debut LP from Baltimore duo Wume, remains an icy wonder–starch-saturated, but not without a grooving felicity reminiscent of retro-futurist synthesizer unit Stereolab and its august progenitors. Singer/drummer April Camlin and keyboard player/electronics whiz Albert Schatz have developed an ideal songwriting style, one that’s efficient yet not cramped, a tightly wound merriment. No beat or tone is extraneous in tunes that nonetheless swing. Camlin’s wordless vocal pulses lent “Maintain” a brisk, free-falling vibe; this is a ride that won’t buck you off.

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