Taking their name from the renowned city in Northern Italy where they originated, The Turin Horse is comprised of Enrico Tauraso, formerly of Dead Elephant, on guitar and vocals, and Alain Lapaglia, previously of MoRkObOt, on drums. After releasing one EP without a title, Tauraso and Lapaglia showcase their skills on their latest album, Unsavory Impurities, where they burst onto the scene with reckless abandon. With fierce eyes and bared teeth, the duo create a sound that is both harsh and chaotic, before launching it into uncharted sonic realms.
The Italian purveyors of noise-infused rock music have wholeheartedly embraced the sonic textures of progressive and psychedelic genres on “Unsavory Impurities”, and today fans of this gritty style can stream a new track from the album, which showcases the group’s commitment to exploring uncharted sonic territories, but also proves them to be very creative.
“The Regret Song” serves as a testament to their vigorous and edgy approach to their punk style, while also unveiling their progressive and otherworldly soundscapes. The piece showcases their ability to seamlessly blend different tempos and styles, ultimately transitioning from a spacey, prog-infused and psychedelic journey to an ongoing frenzy of angular and chaotic rock. This is precisely what we find most appealing about their music – their ability to bridge the gap between seemingly disparate genres and styles. Oh, we dig it boys!
Unsavory Impurities will be released on the legendary Reptilian Records in the US and Italian label Invisible Order in Europe.
The first single “Blissed Out” served as a perfect introduction for the promotional process of this LP.
Ear-scraping guitar tones carry a somber melody, as frenetic drumming and a whirr of psychedelia pull the song forward. Injecting freedom and chaos into a genre known for its austerity, The Turin Horse play with prog-level exuberance and lace their raw, blown-out songs with left-field sounds, including saxophone (courtesy of baritone sax player Alessandro Cartolari of Anatrofobia and Extrema Ratio) and an arsenal of samples: “Synths, classical music, field recordings, pocket fans, data-bending files, circuit-bent machines, vegetables, anything we deem useful for our purposes,” states Tauraso.
The band’s liberated approach to abrasive music brings to mind the maniacal sludge-punk of Karp, by way of the unchained experimentalism of Today Is The Day.
Tauraso states: “If we had to make a list of influences I think it would be endless… Personally I would include Today Is The Day. I’ve been a fan for many years and have always enjoyed their uncompromising vision of music. I’ve always found it cathartic.”
While honoring those who have inspired them, The Turin Horse really march to their own beat and no one else’s.
As Tauraso puts it, “The thing that has conditioned us the most is the need to try to express ourselves freely. We already have to mediate with society for a good part of our daily lives and we like to think that music is our hour of fresh air.”
The band’s singular sound is thanks in part to Tauraso’s homemade rig: “We couldn’t find a bass player and I chose to see this lack as a creative opportunity to customize my guitar sound by building a large part of my gear.”
Unsavory Impurities was recorded and mixed by Massimiliano Moccia and Enrico Tauraso. It was mastered by Arik Victor at Creep Studio in Philadelphia.
Making their Reptilian Records debut with Unsavory Impurities, The Turin Horse join a stellar roster that has included Dwarves, KEN mode, Chat Pile, and many more.
The band is: Enrico Tauraso – vocals, guitar, synth, Alain Lapaglia – drums, samples, Alessandro Cartolari – baritone sax