Dead Horses is a young acoustic band with a cultivated folk sensibility well beyond their years. Hailing from a small Wisconsin town made world famous by a pair of overalls, the self-proclaimed folkgrass musicians craft narrative driven songs embellished with skilled picking and fiddling on their second album, Space and Time, set to release October 14, 2014.
The immediate appeal of Space and Time is Sarah Vos, the golden-haired songstress who sings Dead Horses’ tuneful melodies with ease and sincerity. Her voice is the crown jewel--it has a penetrating bite that burrows under the skin. Submit yourself and you’ll understand the hype. Vos (whose musical influence reads like most early-American folk musicians) was raised by a preacher father and spent a good part of her childhood singing bible hymns. Her gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Tim McIlree on fiddle and mandolin, Peter Raboin on acoustic guitar and Daniel Wolff on double bass.
From songs of protest “To A God Unknown” for spiritual freedom (“Yes, I am sinking--Yes, I am free”), to a soulful cry for self-acceptance in every “Sad Story,” Dead Horses wear their hearts proudly on their plaid sleeves. The band's musical nuances enhance Vos’ homespun tales--be it in the driving string work in “Cosmos,” which creates an atmosphere of unearthly wonder, or the soaring, fluttering fiddle in “Glitterbug.”