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Melbourne duo Super Wild Horses stitch together an intricate patchwork of guitar, drums and keys over dual harmonies and sparse arrangements. Forming the group in 2009, Amy Franz and Hayley McKee have carved a name for themselves locally and internationally as leaders among the lo-fi garage / DIY scene currently exploding out of Australia. In support of their critically lauded debut LP, Fifteen, the pair toured the USA, including a slot at the venerable Goner Fest in Memphis; back home, their on-stage energy put them on festival stages including Big Day Out, Golden Plains and Sydney Festival, and earned them invitations to tour with the likes of Best Coast, Foo Fighters, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, The Drones, Thee Oh Sees, Pond, Dum Dum Girls and Ty Segall. Following the 2010 release of Fifteen, the two-piece took some time to experiment with compositions and textures, adding layers to the more immediate garage sound of their debut. “This time around it was really important to us to allow space for us both to push our song ideas,” says the band. “Rather than just finish a song and whack it straight on the record, we worked more on the structure of each song until we were confident it was in the best shape it could be.” In 2012, Super Wild Horses bunkered down with producer Mikey Young (of Eddy Current Suppression Ring and Total Control) and engineer Jack Farley (Twerps, Beaches, St Helens) to complete work on their sophomore album. Crosswords is a reflection on the guessing game of life: the times one gets it right and the times when one is left staring at the aftermath of a bad decision. The duo explores a wider range of influences—soul, country, pop and, at times, even more melancholic tones—alongside their unique brand of garage-driven goodness. “Crosswords is an unpolished gem and although it is unlikely to dazzle many surface-walkers, it will be treasured by the underground-niche from which it was moulded” —Pages Digital “Blistering, melancholic new single from Melbourne’s Super Wild Horses” —Gorilla Vs Bear “There needs to be more of this” —Inpress “You’re reminded of how deliciously pop they can be amongst the lo-fi spectacle of the production” —Time Off