In their much anticipated 4th album ‘Bardo State’, Horrorshow explore thrilling new terrain with straight fire and real talk.
‘Bardo State’, inspired by concepts of Tibetan Buddhism, means the ‘intermediate state’ between two lives on earth. Adopted and interpreted as a metaphor, Horrorshow explore the active transition between adolescence and adulthood, where even if you’re ready for change, for stability you may not want to let go of all the things that make a young adult’s life so great. In amongst this growing realisation lay a spectrum of human experiences; from carefree late nights and rushing joyous love; to the sobering what am I going to do with my life questions.
In a fascinating way, the album embraces light and dark concepts wholeheartedly. What goes up on ‘Eat The Cake’, ‘How We Get Down’ and ‘Tell Him He’s Dreaming’, comes down on ‘Ceiling Fan’ and ‘After Dark’. ‘Cherry Blossom’s’ earnest love and ‘Never Say Never’s dangerous temptation sweep you up and drop you square in to the heart of romance and longing. Horrorshow have always favoured authenticity over insincerity and easy answers.
There’s a roll call of guests, like Hayley Mary from the Jezebels, Turquoise Prince, Dan Caplan, Taj Ralph and Kai from Jackie Onassis… ‘cause let’s be real, you can’t get through this shit without your friends, right? Co-produced and mixed by the wildly talentedNic Martin, the record is an inspired and refreshed Horrorshow.
In an effort to communicate the album laterally, Horrorshow teamed up with great friend and collaborator Cole Bennetts to visually capture the music, resulting in a book of works that interpret each song via photography.
Horrorshow find solace in this body of work, and in this fresh wisdom they find confidence. Nothing is really permanent, but in growing you learn to be ok with the transience of life.