Starbenders release haunting yet buoyant new single Seven White Horses

Starbenders band shot
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Rising Atlanta starlets Starbenders have released a new single, Seven White Horses. It's the follow-up to another single, No One Listened, which was released last August.  

Seven White Horses checks all the appropriate Starbenders boxes, with vocalist Kimi Shelter pulling her goth Stevie Nicks act off with consummate aplomb, somehow bringing both darkness and light – and a light dusting of glitter – to a chorus that soars in a way most choruses simply don't.  

And the lyrics? The opening lines of the first verse paint a vivid picture: "Love like heroin burns like hell." sings Kimi. "I've got a thing for angels who fell / Suck me, fuck me, make it last / Seven white horses ride for black mass." Meanwhile, the chorus lifts into the glamosphere accompanied by the lines, "Velvet leaves are falling / I die / California's calling but you'd never go."

What's it about? Perhaps we'll never know. But we like it, severely.  

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.