Headless Horseman makes gorgeously saturated electronic music with beat-oriented sensibilities.
The weather’s getting chillier, and with that comes the temptation to bundle yourself in your room with little but an enormous novel and a heavy ass quilt. The music that best matches these kinds of long days spent daydreaming indoors is languorous and romantic, but also interesting enough so that you don’t run the risk of getting bored and having to leave the warmth of your bed to change it.
Headless Horseman, made up of Fareed Sajan and Connor O’Neill, is exactly this sort of band. Their music, which is heavily inspired by Sigur Ros, is recorded on an outdated program that Sajan got from a mail-in rebate at CompUSA. Although they are an electronic band, they don’t use synthesizers or the like to manipulate their sound, which is appropriately dreamy and faded as a result.
Sajan and O’Neill rely on one another to attempt to play every instrument in their songs themselves, even if they’re not familiar with it. “A musician should play tons of instruments,” says Sajan, before mentioning that O’Neill is currently tinkering with incorporating a newfound harp into their music.
Another recent experiment for the band has been making more beat-oriented music like their song “SH8KER,” which Sajan calls “the most creative thing we’ve done.” Their manager, Himanshu Suri of Das Racist, encouraged the band to listen to R&B and hip-hop, and they’ve been inspired to start subtly working elements of those genres into their sound.
Somewhat fittingly, their first sevein-inch comes out in late January. Until then, they’ve got a small selection of songs available streaming on their Bandcamp page that are definitely worth delving into. They also have the following live shows coming up:
Thurs. Nov. 18th @ Piano’s w/ Quinn Walker, Free Blood, Blood Orange
Sat. Nov. 27th @ Johnny Brendas (Philadelphia, PA) w/ SOARS
Thurs. Dec. 16th @ Glasslands w/ Wise Blood