Everyone feels a little off of the pace some of the time. But when a band already has a booking agent, a radio plugger, online and physical PR and management in place, it’s hard not to feel as though you’ve been living under a rock for the past couple of months. Hot Horizons are an act that not only have all of that, but have also had a record put out but Zacorp Inc., the label arm of Late of the Pier, and if you’re only just hearing of them now, no worries – welcome to the club.
However, though their name might be alien, their sound certainly isn’t, especially for anyone who familiarised themselves with the Beach House record last year. This is a more muscular take on the dream pop of 2010, taking away some of the meandering, aimless qualities that made it so endearing and adding an almost indie edge – the fact that they manage to pull it off is a testament to the band themselves. Made up largely of two brothers, Jake and Rory, the live experience is fleshed out with three other members, but this is a band that are at their best when they’re airy and spacious rather than forcing a tune – the excellence of single ‘October’ being testament to the former, and the sub-Maccabees drawl of 6AM an example of the latter.