#29 Horse Thief – I Am The Bear

“Our music is about more than just the songs we play,” says Horse Thief’s frontman Cameron Neal, “It’s about losing yourself in the sound and creating an experience that sticks with you long after the show is over.” Yeah, they got that right. This group of Texans come at us by way of Edmond, Oklahoma, where they studied together at the Academy of Contemporary Music. That got them hooked up with the Flaming Lips management, and that, in turn, has helped get them hooked up with Bella Union, who we can now thank for the release of their debut EP Grow Deep, Grow Wild. And just like the man says, opening track ‘I Am The Bear’ is a beguiling, addictive five-minute odyssey that positively hums with energy and ideas. This could be very exciting indeed.