Oklahoma City-based psychedelic folk-rockers Horse Thief will release their debut LP “Fear in Bliss” April 14 via Bella Union Records Worldwide.
In conjunction with the announcement, the band released the beautiful new single “Devil,” which you can hear below.
As previously reported, Horse Thief signed last year with Bella Union and released its well-regarded debut EP “Grow Deep, Grow Wild” in April 2013.
Horse Thief, originally founded in Denton, Texas, moved its members moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with The Flaming Lips’ management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union.
Though “Fear In Bliss” was conceived at Horse Thief’s Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, “to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma”, according to http://bellaunion.com. Producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) worked with the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality.
The over-arching theme to “Fear In Bliss” is “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there’s always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them.”
Horse Thief will be touring with their fellow Dentonians and labelmates Midlake throughout February, joining them as special guests on their forthcoming UK / European tour.
Therefore, you should really take the chance to see Horse Thief live in OKC at 10 tonight at VZD’s, 4200 N Western. For more information, go to http://vzds.com.