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14 Reasons

Three Shoes

"Human Fly" at Telluride

Critics have said:

"The Horse Flies churn out swirling, addictive songs, blending tradition with invention." (Rolling Stone)


“ ... a world without the Horse Flies' wholly unique music would be a much, much poorer place.”  (Melody Maker, London)

"The Horse Flies combine musical and lyrical quirkiness with beguiling wit and intelligence …  a melange of rock, folk, and minimalism … music that challenges the brain without sacrificing the groove."  (Chicago Tribune)

"Music of astonishing centrifugal force ... breathtakingly complex rhythms ... unexpectedly rich textures ... stunningly modern ... gravity and grace ... their ancient, yet modern sound and their easy, seemingly limitless energy make The Horse Flies special."  (The Plain Dealer, Cleveland) 

"The textures are a blend of the ancient and the ultra modern. Realism coexists with surrealism, and synthetics and acoustics are interwoven.  A record of dark brilliance."  (Melody Maker, London) 

"Demented, post-modern mountain music ..." (Village Voice).

"The Horse Flies have figured out how to hold a hoedown in a physics lab."  (New York Times)

"Brilliantly peculiar ... new music with gnarled and twisted roots." (The Boston Herald).


"Bewitching and beguiling ... a band for our trying times." (The Dallas Observer)


“This veteran group from upstate New York has no doubt influenced the new generation of string bands getting most of the ink.  Perhaps their best studio album yet (Until the Ocean), in typical fashion they deliver always interesting, sometimes quirky, Roan Mountain Hilltoppers-meets-Talking Heads trance-like old-time musical grooves energized with the urgency, lyrically and sonically, of the best modern rock.” (Radio Free Americana)


 “Equal parts new weird America and global localism, The Horse Flies' Until the Ocean is not only the strongest local release of the year, but it is a serious contender for best album of the year from any region in any genre.  Compared to the sophomoric Soweto dabblings of ‘Vampire Weekend,’ the neo-pseudo-folk of CSNY-impersonators and the thin veneer of fusion so prevalent throughout the ‘world’ music scene, The Horse Flies stand as giants among dwarves.” (Ithaca Times)


“Man, this new CD (Until the Ocean) is the BEST you guys have ever done. Absolutely top-notch. ‘Build a House and Burn It Down,’ ‘Carnival Lips,’ you just can't pick a best cut. Nothing bad on this album. We're playing the crap out of it at WVTF. It has gotten instant phone and e-mail response. Thanks for sending this. We're gonna be playing this one continually for a long time.” (Music Director, WVTF, Roanoke, VA)


I just wanted to let you know the impact Until the Ocean has had here. I think at least 12 DJ's have played your CD. We are a station that’s format free. DJ's play what they wish. When I see so many DJ's play a CD, I know it's a strong release. I have you at #1 on my FMQB chart, #1 on my CMJ 30 chart, and at heavy spins on my Americana chart. It's a strong, diverse, even profound CD and I (we) thank you profusely for creating it and sending it our way. Keep it going please. And if you tour behind this one, here's hoping you make it to the Colorado Rockies. (Music Director, WDNK, Carbondale, CO)

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