Whyte Horses / Collaborate with Gruff Rhys on New Single 'Tocyn'

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With the release of their new album just a few weeks away - ‘Hard Times’ is out January 17th 2020 (CRC Records) - Whyte Horses have today shared a new track from the record, featuring guest vocals from Gruff Rhys.   

As with all the songs on ‘Hard Times’, ‘Tocyn’ too is a cover, with the original version recorded by Welsh prog-rock band, Brân. It was Gruff who initially introduced Whyte Horses' front man Dom Thomas to the work of Brân when the pair found themselves occasionally DJing together many years ago.

Speaking about working with Gruff and their choice of track, Dom shares: “‘Tocyn’ is one of those songs that rides the line between the sublime and ridiculous but its direct Glam energy makes it instantly unforgettable. 

"Gruff turned me onto a wealth of folk and psych music from the mid 1970s, mainly housed on the Cardiff based label, Sain. As well as this hotbed of music there was corresponding Fillmore style sleeve and poster art, strange imagery relayed to the Welsh National Army which all seemed to borrow from America and England.” 

Stream / Share ‘Tocyn’ HERE.

Whyte Horses are an elusive, psychedelic dream-pop collective from Manchester and ‘Hard Times’ is a “fantasy mixtape”, shape-shifting and re-imagining songs from an eclectic mix of musical backgrounds. Alongside Gruff Rhys, an esteemed list of vocal collaborators guest throughout the record from La Roux to John Grant, Chrysta Bell (Twin Peaks) to Badly Drawn Boy, and more. 

Exploring the work of others and re-imagining them for ‘Hard Times’ was a natural step for Whyte Horses given Dom’s background as a DJ, cratedigger, and founder of the respected underground vinyl reissue label Finders Keepers, but it has also led to the group’s most ambitious collaborative project to date.   

Whyte Horses will mark the release of the ‘Hard Times’ album with a rare hometown show at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Saturday 18th January 2020 and have announced a new one-off London show to take place at EartH, Hackney on Wednesday 4th Nov 2020. Tickets for both shows are on sale now via the official Whyte Horses website. 

‘HARD TIMES’ TRACKLISTING:
Red Lady
Mister Natural (Ft. La Roux)
Hard Times (Ft. John Grant)
Ça Plane Pour Moi
Bang Bang (Ft. Chrysta Bell)
Seabird
Satellite Of Love (Ft. Badly Drawn Boy)
I Saw The Light (Ft. Mèlanie Pain)
Up In My Mind (Ft. Tracyanne Campbell)
Tocyn (Ft. Gruff Rhys)
Want You To Know 

Pre-order ‘Hard Times’ HERE.