Today, we take a look at a split release between Ga’an frontwoman Lindsay Powell (a.k.a. Fielded) and synth-horror practitioner Alex Barnett. You can sample Alex’s side in all its seedy John Carpenter goodness here, but I want to focus on “Horses,” Fielded’s eight-minute epic. The track’s first five minutes float along with sustained ambient harmonies underpinning a creepy spoken word monologue. It contains some serious horse metaphors, I think. The ol’ pitch-shifted vocal track is used to great effect here; you’re lulled into sci-fi dream state before the song’s final third storms in. There’s a definite retro-power to Powell’s voice; she’s unafraid to really belt it out, totally in for the drama, which is wonderful to hear amid the drowned-out “chilled” trend in female vocals these days.
• Fielded: http://fielded.bandcamp.com/album/fielded-alex-barnett-split
• Nihilist Records: http://www.nihilistrecords.net/records.php?id=nihil73