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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 6th September 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

Mercury Rev - Born Horses


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

Dust clouds over the Catskill Mountains foretell the barn-storming balladeers return stampede...

Mercury Rev take you on a swan dive into the mystic: a rapture of ballad-dreams and emotional memoir at the crossroads of The Dharma Bums, Pet Sounds and Side Three of Electric Ladyland. A profound, transcendant trip from the psychedelic explorers who brought you Deserter's Songs.

In upstate New York, deep in the seam between the Catskills mountains and the Hudson Valley, a richly swelling, spellbound sound emerges, eddying and flowing like the local Esopus Creek, or in the slipstream of the grander Hudson river, carrying the flotsam and jetsam of our hopes, dreams, fears. A sound composed of organic and electronic; guitars, keys, brass, strings, woodwind, drums - and a voice of incantations, tapping streams of consciousness that similarly eddy and flow.

Spiritually, literally, psycho-geographically: where else does Mercury Rev’s ninth album Born Horses spring from? This cascade of gleaming, glistening psych-jazz-folk-baroque-ambient quest that searches its soul but can never truly know the answer? A sound and vision linked to their exalted past whilst quite unlike anything they have created before?

The answer is somewhere between the homes of founder members Jonathan Donahue (the hamlet of Mt Tremper) and Grasshopper (the town of Kingston), in their veins and brains of their now-legendary tapping of musical cosmology, and the vital presence of new permanent member Marion Genser (keys), plus long-term ally Jesse Chandler (keys) and guests Jeff Lipstein (drums), Martin Keith (double bass) and Jim Burgess (trumpet). A place that feeds off the levitating mood of their last album, 2019’s expansive tribute Bobbie Gentry's The Delta Sweete Revisited, and the instrumental psych explorations under the names of Harmony Rockets and Mercury Rev’s Clear Light Ensemble, and the spiritual guidance of avant-garde artist Tony Conrad and Beat poet Robert Creeley, to whom Born Horses is dedicated.

The record began with skeletal chords and a surge of self-reflection, from where we are vulnerable alive to the notions and motions of time and reality.

Edition Info

• Dinked Edition No. 302
• 140g red & white swirl vinyl
• Alternate artwork ‘glow in the dark’ sleeve
• Pull out poster
• Signed & hand-numbered postcard
• 4 page lyric booklet
• Limited pressing of 800


Side A
1. Mood Swings
2. Ancient Love
3. Your Hammer, My Heart
4. Patterns

Side B
1. A Bird Of No Address
2. Born Horses
3. Everything I Thought I Had Lost
4. There’s Always Been A Bird In Me

Scheduled: 6th September 2024

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