Today, I have another Low Point release for you. It’s The Horse Loom’s self-titled debut album and in juxtaposition with the rest of Low Point‘s catalogue, it really sticks out because Steve Malley is only armed with his acoustic guitar and his delightfully amiable English voice. The likes of Ex-Easter Island Head, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Nickolas Mohanna, Gareth Hardwick (the owner of Low Point) and P. Jørgensen all create minimal yet powerful post-rock/ambient collages while with Steve Malley, it’s just straightforward guitar work. Malley has experience playing in other respected bands, but this is the first time he’s ever gone solo. If you’re jonesing for a folk record that doesn’t beat around the bush, The Horse Loom has got you covered. This came out back in 2012, but there are still plenty of copies available it seems! Check out The Horse Loom below via the Bandcamp player and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details

Where to start to describe The Horse Loom? The best acoustic guitar player in the country? Maybe. The most unique marriage between British folk music, avant garde guitar playing and punk rock spirit? Certainly. Wonderful? Definitely. Under-rated? You’ll have to ask him about that.

Northumbrian guitarist and singer Steve Malley would doubtless be extremely embarrassed to read any of these things. That says a lot. Steve played guitar in Crane in the early 90s, whose post-Husker Du take on The Byrds-meets-DC hardcore earned them a deserving reputation as one of the UK's finest live bands. He would go on to play in Kodiak, Four Frame and then most notably The Unit Ama. The Unit Ama existed in direct contrast to their (musical) peers from America. Whereas a cold and cool approach was favoured by the bands from across the pond, The Ama dropped any of this façade and opened themselves and their music to possibilities of accident and misfortune creating a live experience that was truly inspiring. I say with total sincerity that they changed a lot of people’s musical outlook forever.

The Horse Loom sees Steve take this approach and apply it to his love of folk music. Combining folk structures and melodies with his incredible guitar playing has made The Horse Loom something truly unique.” - Chris Summerlin

Low Point is proud to present the debut album by The Horse Loom, the name attributed to the solo project of guitarist Steve Malley. Following several years of writing and re-working material in front of audiences up and down the country, the eight songs presented on the album were captured in a single day at First Love Studio, Nottingham by friend and colleague Nick Jonah Davis.

Switching between instrumentals that sound as if they have been shaped by the elements, and more ‘straightforward’ songs, that are in the lineage of classic modern folk artists such as Bert Jansch, Davey Graham and Martin Carthy, the album perfectly captures the immediacy and innovation seen in Steve's compositions.

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