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I Break Horses – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“I think we’ll sadly see an increase in mental health issues as a palpable consequence in the aftermaths of these troubled times.”

Jun 03, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Sweden’s I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén). More

May 08, 2020

Sweden’s I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén) has released a new album, Warnings, today via Bella Union. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. Also, today we posted our new interview with Lindén, yesterday we posted our rave 9/10 review of the album, and this week she’s shared two new live session videos for the album’s “Depression Tourist” and “Death Engine.”   More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Walter Martin, Fiona Apple, I Break Horses, The Death of Pop, and More

Plus Muzz, Ela Minus, Austra, Faye Webster, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 17, 2020

Welcome to the fifteenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under lockdown, with lots of debate on when things can get back to normal. Still not anytime soon it seems.  More

Apr 14, 2020

Sweden’s I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén) is releasing a new album, Warnings, on May 8 via Bella Union. Now she has shared the album’s fourth single, “The Prophet.” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Perfume Genius, Waxahatchee, The Radio Dept., and More

Plus Margaret Glaspy, Shura, Moaning, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 20, 2020

Welcome to the eleventh Songs of the Week of 2020. How’s everyone doing out there? It’s definitely scary times. We know we should stop watching the news, but we can’t stop watching the news. The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to spread and not everyone is taking it seriously enough. More

Mar 18, 2020

Sweden’s I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén) is releasing a new album, Warnings, on May 8 via Bella Union. Now she has shared the album’s third single, “Neon Lights,” via a colorful lyric video for the new song. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Billie Eilish, and More

Plus U.S. Girls, Moaning, Anna Burch, Alex Lahey, Caroline Rose, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 14, 2020

Welcome to the sixth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was a solid week for new tracks, but we managed to keep it reined in to our regular 10 tracks as opposed to last week's supersized 13-song edition. And in a rarity for Songs of the Week, the same artist is #1 two weeks in a row! More

Feb 11, 2020

Sweden's I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén) is releasing a new album, Warnings, on May 8 via Bella Union. Previously she shared its first single, "Death Engine," via a video it. It was our #1 Song of the Week last week. Now Lindén has shared another song from the album, "I'll Be the Death of You," also via a video. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: I Break Horses, Hinds, Baxter Dury, Sharon Van Etten, and More

Plus Christine and the Queens, Jehnny Beth, Hamilton Leithauser, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 07, 2020

Welcome to the fifth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was tough to narrow things down to a Top 10 this week, too many great tracks, so we've got a super-sized edition. More

Feb 04, 2020

Sweden's I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén) have announced a new album, Warnings, and shared its first single, "Death Engine," via a video for the new song. Warnings is the band's first new album in six years. More

I Break Horses Announces North American Tour

Supporting Sophomore Album Chiaroscuro

Jan 24, 2014

On the heels of releasing her new sophomore album ChiaroscuroI Break Horses' Maria Lindén has announced plans for her first headlining tour through North America. More

Watch: I Break Horses – “You Burn” Video

Chiaroscuro is out Jan. 21 via Bella Union

Jan 16, 2014

"You Burn" the new video from I Break Horses is all about contrasts: a cat playing with a toy, a bomb exploding, dancers on stage. More

Jan 14, 2014

Next week on Jan. 21 Swedish musical artist Maria Lindén, a.k.a I Break Horses, will release her sophomore full-length Chiaroscuro. More

I Break Horses Announces “Chiaroscuro” Album Details

Due Out January 21, 2014 Via Bella Union

Nov 07, 2013

We’ve known a bit about Chiaroscuro, the sophomore album from I Break Horses for a while. The band is finally ready to tell us more.  More

Watch: I Break Horses – “Faith”

Life is Just Better in Black And White

Oct 24, 2013

I Break Horses’ forthcoming album Chiaroscuro sees the Stockholm, Sweden-based songstress headed in an all-together more electronic place than her shoegaze-leaning debut, Hearts. More

Watch: I Break Horses – “Denial” Video

Full-Length Due Out Later This Year

Jul 22, 2013

With a full-length due out sometime this year, Swedish dream pop duo I Break Horses have started slowly revealing new material.  More

Listen: New I Break Horses Song, “Denial”

New Album Rumored for Release in October

Jul 08, 2013

Maria Linden of I Break Horses has released a new track as a glimpse of what is in the works for this Swedish shoegaze duo. "Denial" is a dreamy synth-pop tune that will be released on limited edition white vinyl with a remix by RxGibbs on July 13 in the U.K. You can stream to the A-side online now. More

Feb 29, 2012

Swedish synth shoegazer Maria Lindén, otherwise known as I Break Horses, has premiered her first new track since the release of her standout debut Hearts last year.  More

2012 Sasquatch Music Festival Lineup Announced

Featuring Jack White, Bon Iver, St. Vincent, and More

Feb 03, 2012

The 11th annual Sasquatch Music Festival has announced its official lineup of artists, including Jack White, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, The Shins, St. Vincent, Feist, The Roots, Beirut, and Beck. More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Dec 07, 2011

Swedish shoegaze act I Break Horses is heading stateside for their first ever tour in support of superb debut, Hearts. We have the dates.  More

Aug 09, 2011

Swedish duo I Break Horses (currently featured in Under the Radar's Summer Issue) has released a video for "Winter Beats" off of forthcoming Hearts, due out August 23 via I Kill Love/ Bella Union. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer Issue and St. Vincent Cover

Issue Also Features Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, M83, The Horrors, Washed Out, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, and much more

Jul 28, 2011

Under the Radar’s Summer 2011 Issue has just hit stands. It features St. Vincent on the cover and includes articles on M83, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, The Horrors, Washed Out, Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Niki & The Dove, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon, and many others; as well as over 115 reviews. The digital version of the magazine also includes 50 extra pages of bonus content, including articles on My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, Moonface, Stephin Merritt, Laurel Halo, and more. More

Jun 17, 2011

Swedish shoegaze act I Break Horses don't break but ride horses in their latest video, a remix of title track "Hearts." We have the vid, plus a MP3 download of the track. More


Interviews

I Break Horses – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

“I think we’ll sadly see an increase in mental health issues as a palpable consequence in the aftermaths of these troubled times.”

Jun 03, 2020

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Sweden’s I Break Horses (the project of Maria Lindén). More

May 08, 2020

Maria Lindén has been making cinematic electronic shoegaze music under the moniker I Break Horses for over a decade. A self-confessed perfectionist when it comes to making music, Lindén’s output so far has resulted in two critically acclaimed long players: 2011’s debut Hearts and the follow-up three years later, Chiaroscuro. More

I Break Horses

In Black and White

Apr 16, 2014

Sweden's I Break Horses broke out in 2011 when their debut, Hearts, was met with critical acclaim across Europe and North America. Within a year, singer Maria Lindén and collaborator Fredrik Balck were invited to support M83 on a tour across the United States. More

In the Studio: I Break Horses

Enter the Light and Dark Side

Oct 16, 2013

Singer/songwriter Maria Lindén describes herself as melancholy. But, casually lounging on a desk chair in her Stockholm apartment, one would be hard pressed to guess that the I Break Horses frontwoman has a dark side. More

2012 Artist Survey: I Break Horses

Maria Lindén Reflects on the Last Year

Jan 14, 2013

For Under the Radar's 10th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2012. Pick up the Best of 2012 issue to read many of the responses. We are also posting additional web-exclusive artist survey interviews to the website. Here are responses from Maria Lindén of I Break Horses.  More


Reviews

Warnings

Warnings

Bella Union

May 07, 2020

Sweden’s I Break Horses (aka Maria Lindén) returns with her third album, Warningsdemonstrating her music has lost none of its magisterial artistry during the project’s six-year hiatus.  More

I Break Horses at The Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles, CA

May 3rd, 2014

May 04, 2014

Earlier this year, Maria Lindén spoke candidly to Under the Radar about her experiences with stage fright, admitting that it’s something she’s been struggling to overcome since she was a kid. As proved last night in Los Angeles, the final stop on the I Break Horses’ North America tour, it’s a battle that she’s winning.  More

Chiaroscuro

Chiaroscuro

Bella Union

Jan 23, 2014

The follow-up to Swedish duo I Break Horses' 2012 debut Hearts finds chief songwriter and vocalist Maria Lindén deeply entrenched in expansive synthetics and, as the fits-like-a-glove title suggests, plays heavily with the idea of contrasts. More

I Break Horses The Echo, Echo Park, CA

May 24th, 2012

May 25, 2012

A sold-out house greeted Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck at their first ever Los Angeles show on Wednesday night. The Swedish duo—who perform as I Break Horses—were rolling through town in support of last year’s excellent debut Hearts. More

Hearts

Hearts

I Kill Love/Cooperative Music/Downtown

Aug 15, 2011

Swedish duo I Break Horses (Maria Lindén and Fredrik Balck) take their cues from shoegaze greats, at times sounding like the younger siblings of Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, and Ride. But far from a promising, yet diminutive relativesimply aping their older family members' accomplishmentsthe band owns their influences on every track of their impressive debut album. More