We recorded the tracks for “Horska” at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango with noted producer Howard Bilerman (of Arcade Fire fame). The single, composed by guitarist Alec Frith, plays with superimposing a Jewish hora over a ska riddim – hence the title. The 7" includes a dub reggae-style remix as a b-side. The other tracks on the EP range from the nostalgic-sounding “Bir Hakeim” and “Stikm,” which showcase Matt Myer on (mostly muted) horn, to the at-times frenzied Klezmer-influenced piece “Corentin Cariou” and the melancholy “Oh my Oma,” featuring Gina Burgess’ plaintive violin.
As a partner to the song a stop-motion animation was created by Halifax artist Sydney Smith and filmmaker Jason Levangie in the style of their beautiful 2011 video "Agricola & Sarah". This time around Gypsophilia's music is set to a vignette about a bumbling inventor (a likeness of our bass player Adam Fine) trying to get his mechanical flying machine off the ground.
The Gypsophilias have made the dub remix available as a free download for Boing Boing readers for a limited time
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