I Break Horses

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I Break Horses
I Break Horses at Room 205
I Break Horses at Room 205
Background information
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Indie rock, electronic, shoegazing
Years active 2008–present
Labels Bella Union
Website http://www.ibreakhorses.se/
Members Maria Lindén
Fredrik Balck

I Break Horses is a Swedish indie rock band composed of Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck. The band's name is taken from the title of a Bill Callahan song.


The Guardian music critic Hermione Hoby described their music as "heady, sumptuously textured soundscapes",[1] while Pitchfork music critic Ian Cohen comments that they "immerse themselves in homemade shoegaze, the kind that's made by computers for computers. It's an approach and sound that's crossed language barriers for the past 20 or so years as bands strive to approximate Loveless without the benefit of a label they can bankrupt in the process.".[2]

I Break Horses live at Village Underground Shoreditch London

2011-2013: Hearts[edit]

The group's debut studio album Hearts was released on 22 August 2011 on Bella Union .[3] The album has garnered favorable reviews and the group has recently accompanied M83 on tour at select locations across America including 1 May at the Granada Theatre in Lawrence, KS; and 5 May at the Majestic Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

In addition, the band accompanied Sigur Rós on their tour including 21st november 2013 at Wembley Arena (UK).

2014-present: Chiaroscuro[edit]

The band's second album Chiaroscuro came out 20 January 2014, followed by an intimate gig at the Village Underground in Shoreditch, London, UK, to a sell out crowd,[4] ahead of their Stateside tour that spring.


  • Remix (2014)
  • "Winter Beats" (2011)
  • "Hearts" (2011)
  • "Faith" (2013)
  • "Denial" (2013)
Guest appearances
  • Korallreven - "Mantras" and "Ki" from Second Comin' (2014)
  • Lushlife + CSLSX - "The Waking World" from Ritualize (2016)


  1. ^ Hoby, Hermione (August 14, 2011). "I Break Horses: Hearts – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Cohen, Ian (August 25, 2011). "I Break Horses Hearts". Pitchfork. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "I Break Horses release ‘Hearts’ Today!!!". Bella Union. August 22, 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "I Break Horses". Village Underground. 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2015. 

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