Horsegirl tells us about her favorite things from 2021
Chicago trio Horse girl had an exciting year, releasing their excellent debut single in February via UK label Sonic Cathedral, which draws on classic influences from post-punk, indie rock and shoegaze. They then signed to Matador in April – they were still in high school – and made their first tour this fall. Next year is shaping up to be even bigger, with their first single for Matador, “BILly,” due out in March, and other tours including SXSW and their first show in New York City. You can watch the video for “Billy” and listen to their dreamy 7 ”debut below.
We asked artists to send us year-end lists, and Horsegirl sent us theirs, which includes music, movies, art, fashion and more, both new and discovered. Penelope Lowenstein, Nora Cheng and Gigi Reece also provided commentary. Check that out below.
The Horsegirl Show in New York will take place at the Market Hotel on March 22, and tickets are on sale. All dates are listed below.
TOP 10 HORSEGIRLS OF 2021
Charlie Megira was a very great Israeli musician, now sort of a cult figure – his tracks spanned so many genres, surf rock, new wave, exotic, punk, experimental… and yet it all looks like Charlie Megira. We all became obsessed with his music over the course of this year and were very excited when we found out that a documentary about him existed. We all managed to watch it for free when it was on the Miami Jewish Film Festival site.
@sinisamackovic on instagram
One way or another, we have all individually stumbled upon Chloé Sevigny’s husband’s Instagram. We’ve collectively decided this is the coolest thing ever and we refer to it often.
Art made by children is always a little bit special. They interpret form differently from older people, and their creative eye can never be exactly imitated. A friend of ours has a younger sister whose art is particularly impressive. It was an inspiration for many of the Horsegirl visuals that we have done this year.
Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (Documentary)
We watched this Metallica documentary together over the summer and it has since become a classic among us and our friends. None of us are particularly fond of Metallica, but we found the group therapy scenes to be particularly entertaining. The documentary is full of moments worth mentioning. Our personal favorite – when Lars Ulrich complains that a new riff sounds like ‘stock to my ears’ – is regularly referenced in Horsegirl practice.
Sandbox is that little phone app where you “paint by pixel”. They have a feature where you can upload your own images – we spent way too much time recording pixelating our favorite record covers.
Make group shirts
Making band shirts for bands you love seems pretty obvious (especially when the official merch doesn’t exist).
Phoenix – 1901 (Cover by takatakboy)
Not much to say here except that this video has 300 views and they’re probably all of us.
Duster on the Dodge
This is a collection of early Duster cassette recordings. They are excellent and we burned them to a CD so that we could listen to them in our Buick without AUX. Be warned, they are quite emotional, so listen with caution.
Kajillionaire (and OST)
We all watched Miranda July separately Kajillionaire over the past year and everyone separately thought it was amazing. One night we were hanging out in Gigi’s basement and ended up listening to the soundtrack on repeat about six times.
So hot. So trendy! We have a lot of them and wear them constantly.
HORSEGIRL – TOUR DATES 2022
MARCH 16, 2022 AUSTIN, TX SXSW
MARCH 17, 2021 AUSTIN, TX SXSW
MARCH 19, 2022 P HILADELPHIA, PA PHILAMOCA
MARCH 20, 2022 WASHINGTON, DC DC9
MARCH 22, 2022 NEW YORK, NY MARKET HOTEL