Impale Golden Horn
Jenks Miller spent three years conceptualizing and recording Impale Golden Horn, his solo debut as Horseback, in a basement in Chapel Hill, N.C.
Impale Golden Horn isn't an ordinary drone album, and Miller--who currently spreads his time over six bands, from pop trio Un Deux Trois to spaz-and-metal melders In the Year of the Pig--isn't an ordinary drone artist. Having struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder for 15 years, Miller conceptualized Impale Golden Horn as a holistic, glowing reaction to his symptoms and the way he envisions and fears that most essential human component, blood.
As such, each of these four connected environments builds, floats and disintegrates with a sense of detail, patience and timing that's rapturous and mesmerizing. Whether it's a resplendent ping surfacing from a submerged piano or a broad, sweeping pass from a corroded but coruscating electric guitar, Impale Golden Horn is the work of a perfectionist trying to keep his deepest worries at bay.