PunkRockTheory favorites Band Of Horses are back with a new album called “Infinite Arms”, their first for a major label. And honestly, we couldn’t be happier about it. Even more so than on its predecessor “Cease To Begin”, this one sees them going back to the folkrock sounds of the seventies which leads to heartwarming songs like opener “Factory” and “Blue Beard”. In other words, even more Neil Young and even less The Shins. Vocalist Ben Bridwell found a way to sound even more yearning, the arrangements have become even richer and the melodies are as beautiful as ever. And then I haven’t even mentioned “Laredo”, which is the best song Wilco didn’t write.
The band produced the album mostly themselves with additional production from Phil Ek (The Shins) who seems to specialize in giving bands an melancholic and warm sound. Mission accomplished! “Infinite Arms” is an album that sees Band Of Horses going for a broader sounds while staying true to their roots and I’m pretty friggin’ sure that they’ll be playing in the big leagues in no time.