Versions of Modern Performance

Horsegirl - Versions of Modern Performance
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2022 Ratings: #124 / 397
User Score
Based on 189 ratings
2022 Ratings: #140
Liked by 13 people
June 3, 2022 / Release Date
LP / Format
Matador / Label
Indie Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!
With clear priorities and unsaddled creative impulses, Horsegirl are the authoritative future of noise pop. With their help, we too can run free.
90
Northern Transmissions
The vocal delivery combined with the repetitive melody and the propulsive percussion are all I need to be happy.
90
AllMusic

They've tapped into the source of indie rock's greatness like few bands have been able to and Versions of Modern Performance isn't merely a homage or a neat trick, it's another very strong, very satisfying link in the chain connecting past to present.

85
Under The Radar

To call Versions of Modern Performance a promising beginning would be to sell short all that it accomplishes. That’s not to say that pondering what comes next isn’t a worthy exercise.

84
Beats Per Minute
It’s always confounding the amount of pressure music publications put on promising newcomers, but Horsegirl seem unfazed by all of that. They’ve delivered a certain-to-be-beloved debut – one that separates itself from its peers.
80
Mojo
The trio's debut album is rich in textural sophistication, carving hooks from fidgety harmonics and swooning whammy-bar abuse.
80
The Skinny
Horsegirl are a band of young women reimagining the guitar music of the late 80s and early 90s in their own, very modern image.
80
NME
The teenage trio's accomplished debut album fizzes with songs that hit the sweet spot between experimental and anthemic.
80
Paste
The Chicago trio lovingly inhabit punk and no-wave spaces on their well-executed debut LP.
80
Dork
Enveloping and inescapable, ‘Versions of Modern Performance’ is the kind of album that you find yourself returning to, losing yourself time and time again in its alluring trance.
80
Rolling Stone

Do not confuse this album for some retread of the 90s alt-rock cannon. It stands on its own legs, as part of the ongoing saga of rock music, a 21st century reinvention of that which has come before.

80
The Guardian
A debut album drawing on shoegaze, jangle, grunge and alt-rock is saved from nostalgia by the sheer quality of the music.
80
DIY
A gleaming window into a new generation of great American guitar bands.
80
Record Collector

A layered, atmospheric, darkly playful headrush of a first offering.

73
Pitchfork
Chicago’s Horsegirl mines a loose-limbed indie rock sound on their debut album, with an assist from some members of Sonic Youth.
70
Loud and Quiet

Versions of Modern Performance isn’t the stuff of pastiche or mimicry; instead the trio doff their caps whilst creating a world entirely of their own.

70
Gigwise

The future is seriously bright for Horsegirl, and they have every reason to be optimistic when they are curating such a beautifully unique sound as evident in Versions of Modern Performance.

65
Spectrum Culture
This is a well-oiled creative team, and the fact that they were able to work together to make an album that feels this stylistically-clear is pretty exciting — even if it feels like it leaves something unexplored.
60
The Irish Times
Debut album by Chicago teenage trio shows promise but leans heavily on its influences.
60
PopMatters
Horsegirl’s guitar tones are alternately cool and abrasive, and that sound sets the template for the band’s mixture of indie, punk, and art-rock.
JohnLouisHoward
92

huge thanks and a big shout out to @GoodCompany who first alerted me to this band a few moons ago. he knew they were special at the time and he was absolutely right.

it is so tempting to over-rate this debut but there are enough rough patches and a sparse song count to not go overboard. I don't understand why they did not include "Sea Life Sandwich Boy" and "Ballroom Dance Scene" instead of three instrumental filler passages. the lead singles (1,5,9,12) are all fantastic ... read more

TheCarioca
73

Anti-glory - 4/5
Beautiful Song - 4/5
Live and Ski - 3/5
Bog Bog 1 - 3/5
Dirtbag Transformation (Still Dirty) - 4/5
The Fall of Horsegirl - 3/5
Electrolocation 2 - 3/5
Option 8 - 4/5
World of Pots and Pans - 4/5
The Guitar is Dead 3 - 3/5
Homage to Birdnoculars - 4/5
Billy - 5/5 ❤

Danko
72

In a constant Scott Pilgrim universe and the indie is strong with this one. Very enjoyable indie album but when it comes to ingenuity its doing nothing too alien or different, which is fine

AllChup
75

I'm looking forward to their new record.

iangarrett216
90

beautiful wonderful magnifiscent

lrz_vargas
75

I've got to say that the good tracks here are really, really good. If it weren't for the pretty awful couple tracks that bored me to death, this record could have impressed me a lot overall. Still, I like the goth/post punk elements here and the vocal performances are in line with that. It's a very good effort.

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