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An Horse

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April 26, 2011

An Horse may be grammatically challenged, but singer-guitarist Kate Cooper and drummer Damon Cox sure know how to re-purpose two generations of girl-powered indie pop. The Australian duo's second disc recalls the trance-y college rock of Throwing Muses, the crisp strummings of Tegan and Sara, the Portlandia pump of Sleater-Kinney. Cooper's emotionally shadowy lyrics burrow into the personal tensions we try to forget but can't escape - from "Airport Death," about a botched meet-cute while traveling, to "Swallow the Sea," where her boyfriend's bedroom becomes a watery tomb. "I could give you grief about the divide that I face every night," she sings. And give she does, and gives and gives.

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