Horrible Houses is the solo project of Daniel Johnsson. Johnsson is in his own zone conjuring up the most infectious dark indie pop since Alden Penner and the Unicorns called it quits. Driving and bright Johnsson’s lo fi production methods remind me of summertime and long sunsets. While these tracks seem cheery each song trembles with its own insecurity which is what really activates these jams. There is an emptiness and that quality seems to make the music more authentic. There isn’t a desire to sound lo-fi merely there are no means to sound hi-fi. Much like Of Montreal’s Early Four Track Recordings, Horrible House’s Family Tapes Vol. 1 showcase a song writer that can write hooks, and reel you in. Johnsson knows what he is doing.
My favorite track is called Terror Cassette as this slam slowly burns i envision myself losing my mind on an overly humid summer day in the middle of a heavily wooded forest as the chorus rings “put him out of his misery”. Freaky twang layered guitars get this track to go to a pretty psychedelic place without altering the mood of this release.
The orange and white color scheme of this tape goes well with the burnt tape fuzz sounds of these recordings. New songs by and old soul jamming into the great abyss. Grab this now before it is too late