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  • Summary: The latest full-length release for the Baltimore experimental rock band features an 18-minute track.
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  • Record Label: Northern Spy
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Math Rock
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  1. Mar 12, 2020
    Horse Lords make music for liberation, celebration, and revolution, and The Common Task is a prime example of their all-encompassing vision.
  2. Mar 12, 2020
    On The Common Task, Horse Lords packs a great deal of variety and a seemingly endless amount of possibilities into 41 minutes. It's the sound of a group that is infinitely curious. This isn't your uncle's moody, downbeat krautrock – it's a breathless celebration of the power of band dynamics.
  3. Mojo
    Mar 12, 2020
    Migraines possible; good chance of transcendence, too. [Apr 2020, p.96]
  4. Mar 26, 2020
    Their nearly ten-year core pivots rhythmic and tonal ideas athletically, and their ability to pull elements from anywhere and everywhere is seemingly more fluid with each record. With The Common Task, Horse Lords simultaneously stay within their own signature pocket and poach outside elements, expanding how large that pocket seems.
  5. The Wire
    Mar 13, 2020
    The quartet’s albums represent a live sound that applies the means of a beat combo to frankly ecstatic ends via tuning while their mixtapes offer a more diverse and fragmentary accounting of collective interests. The twain finally meet on The Common Task. [Apr 2020, p.56]
  6. Mar 16, 2020
    The Common Task doesn’t scan as a political message. But even apart from its real-world context, the album succeeds as an abstraction. Given even a little bit of time, space, and intention, these compositions are an uncommonly rewarding experience.
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