The Common Task

Horse Lords - The Common Task
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #112 / 809
User Score
Based on 283 ratings
2020 Ratings: #268
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With The Common Task, Horse Lords have fashioned the perfect soundtrack to the chaos and apprehension that loom just out of sight as we try to navigate our lives in a world that just won’t let up.

Experimental rock's Horse Lords release their first album in four years, and it's meticulous and complex, but also undeniably joyous and celebratory.

Horse Lords make music for liberation, celebration, and revolution, and The Common Task is a prime example of their all-encompassing vision.

The Needle Drop

The Common Task could be a good gateway to the wonders of post-minimalist math rock.


Horse Lords songs are intricate, methodical patterns that seem to pulse and shift the longer you stare. Their tension is rooted in anticipation, the only relief the relinquishing of control.

i thought i finished my homework stop making me think so much
Horse Lords pack a bag full of music theory on "The Common Task", with off-kilter rhythms and time signatures throughout. The results are very mind-bending, twisted and minimalist-ish. While there are one or two moments where the self-indulgence gets the best of it, I really, really anticipate what they're gonna do next!

Fav Tracks: Fanfare for Effective Freedom, People's Park, Against Gravity, Integral Accident

Least Fav Track: The Radiant City

Why is this user score so low? This could be my album of the year right now. This is right up my street. This is my Schlagenheim for the year, I think. I love technical music, and this is that and more. There are so many dizzying rhythms and experimental sounds to be enamored by. It’s literally a mind-bending project. It constantly shifts and bends around and around, exploiting time in its favor to create an experience that will leave you in awe. This walks a fine line between impressive, ... read more
“The Common Task” is the chaotic rush of an everyday person. It creates a trance in the listener through a repetitive whirlwind of notes that sound like they had been created during the Medieval era.

It’s a burst of primal energy. Experimental enough to remain intriguing through it’s 40 min duration, and hypnotic enough to make it feel like half of that. Some parts come across as over indulgent, grating & static. But beneath the surface, you will start to uncover ... read more
A cosmic instrumental listen. It’s either sounding like a tropical beach video game level, a Scottish funeral, a U.F.O. abduction, or an otherworldly soundscape and somehow manages to make everything in between.
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Added on: January 25, 2020