As I sit here typing this the world has barely began to get back to what it used to be since the coronavirus hit earlier this year. There are two aspects which make "Horizogon" so important to me and why I am choosing to review it the way that I am. The first reason is simply because there have been many pieces of music- from songs to albums- submitted to me during this time which were reflective of the state of the world. I was expected to listen to pop songs about "falling in love during the time of corona" and I just couldn't do it. This is one of the only pieces of music I've really felt touches upon what is happening in the world in such a way that I am willing to not only listen to it but write about it.
Secondly, I really enjoy the way in which this album was created. There are six songs ranging from six to ten minutes in length so it is more of an LP than an EP. Each song also has a music video for it which means there are a number of different ways which you experience listening to "Horizogon". You can go the traditional route and listen to only the audio from start to finish. You can watch each music video individually or you can watch all of the videos together as one which provides you with extra footage and creates a film. I would actually love to see the full film as a VHS release one day but for now we can just enjoy the experience of each song taken as a video and given its own piece of this overall review.
There is an eerie feeling of electronics in this one. Keyboards, but set up in a post apocalyptic way. This becomes more apparent as these rusty guitar strings come in. This video is also set within an airport and as the description states it is at the beginning of the coronavirus hitting the world. It's odd because at first I thought it could be a shopping mall and I didn't feel like people had masks on- they were just going about their business as they normally would, some just standing around with their faces glued to their phones. But as you keep watching you continue to see the people walking with luggage and masks on.
As the guitar notes return we are seeing a scene which appears to be people dancing out in a desert somewhere. It feels like a party of some sort, though the mood set by the music does not reflect that of joy. Hearing these electronics and breaking down acoustic guitar strings, which are eventually even joined by a sax, don't really set the same tone as the visuals, but as they switch back to the airport it is a scene of almost panic. This is fitting because what history may or may not reflect decades from now is that when the coronavirus first hit not everyone took it as seriously as perhaps they should have and so it wasn't simply everyone being in a panic-- some people did panic but others simply went about their day until they were forced to stay inside (and even then, not everyone did)