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Available now: our newest CD, The Sand Reckoner!

As with our last few albums, this set of songs was co-produced and mixed by Jim Watts at moxymusic. Once again, we're fortunate to have some great musicians adding their voices to our own: in addition to the regular crew of Bob Stander, Shawn Murray, Pemberton Roach, Jim Watts, Pam Aronoff, and myself, we also had some help from guitarists Trever Menear, Aaron Palmadessa, and Tom Griffith, and from singers Martha Trachtenberg and Robert Bruey. Nick Vest and Gwendolyn Vest added some trumpet and flute, respectively, and Elizabeth Goodfellow added some amazing drums and percussion. Local friends here on Long Island will recognize the wonderfully talented Jon and Leanne Preddice from Miles to Dayton on cello and violin, and also Jack Licitra, who played dumbek. Jonny Flaugher added some scorching bass lines, and Eric Van Thyne added his subtle touches on keyboards. My new friends Avirodh Sharma and Jeff Scroggins played tablas and banjo, Nolan Vest played drums, and Keenan Zach played upright bass.

The album is named after the book of the same title by Archimedes, wherein he attempted to calculate the number of grains of sand required to fill the known universe. I suppose songwriting shares a bit of that same scope and futility, in trying to capture the richness of the human experience.

 



Praise for The Sand Reckoner:

Daily Vault, Jason Warburg
"…Vest crafts lyrics of such penetrating intelligence that the songs end up feeling like rock and roll poetry in the best and truest sense…One moment you’re bouncing along to a two-guitars, bass-and-drums rock song, the next you’re through the looking glass into a parallel universe of tablas and dumbeks, trumpets and cellos…Rating: A"

 

Divide and Conquer Music, Jamie Funk
"The arguable highlight is “Midnight Parking Light” which reminded me of Radiohead if they were a little more worldly. There is this fast percussion that’s happening which is juxtaposed against the melancholy guitar and brass which sounds absolutely fantastic…This is a great album. I haven’t heard their previous release but this is the sound of experienced musicians on top of their game."

 

Dancing About Architecture, Dave Franklin
"I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, The Last Charge of The Light Horse is one of the best names for a band I have come across in a long while. Add to that the album title sounds like a character in a Jeff VanderMeer novel and its cover is a lovely and thought provoking, post-impressionist looking image and they have me hook, line and sinker. It almost doesn’t matter to me what the music sounds like now, I’m already sold on everything about them.


"The fact that the album kicks off with a song which sounds just how I image Crowded House would sound like if they were just starting out today, almost overloads the system. Okay, compose yourself! Right, I’m good. Let’s start again.


"The Sand Reckoner is simply a fantastic album! It is woven out of swathes of cinematic pop tethered to indie structures and driven by just the hint of rock weight, authenticity and integrity. Play Choose Now and try not to loose yourself in the soul searching lyrics and its gently melancholic and mellifluous sonics. Give Midnight Parking Lot a spin and try to escape its wandering, jazz-infused clutches. Drop the needle on The Bill Comes Due and avoid being charmed by its wonky take on country music meets India raga meets pop meets, perhaps, perfection. You can’t, you can’t, you can’t!


"Remember when pop was experimental? Remember when it had authentic and integrity? Remember when it was beautiful, when it spoke to you, moved you. Remember when it had the ability to shout from the rooftrees whilst simultaneously whispering in your ear? Remember when it wasn’t all dance routines and designer clothes? The Last Charge of The Light Horse do and The Sand Reckoner is the proof."

 

Camden Monthly, Matt Herman
"The Sand Reckoner reveals Vest to be quite the creative musical mind…the sensational new album rocks and rolls with a heartfelt swing…there’s a textural expressiveness to songs like “Old Habits” that you just can’t find in a lot of the mainstream pop albums that have been pulling in the big buzz from both coasts over the last year."

 

SkopeMag, Dan MacIntosh
"Listening to these eleven songs can sometimes feel like that old proverb about the blind men and the elephant. The type of animal this is can sometimes be guessed by which part of the beast you’re touching at any given time…Lyrically, Vest is about as quirky as he is musically. These are not personal diaries put to music. Instead, he’s almost like a scientist in his objective approach to looking at the world, then writing about it. The bass work on “Midnight Parking Lot” is also exemplary…Unlike a lot of modern progressive rock (which only tends to recycle old ideas), this album is freshly creative, all the way through."

 

Stepkid.com, Anastim Ducray
"Last Charge of the Light Horse basically blends the heart, spirit and songwriting talent of iconic 60s-70s rock albums with improved production values and a 21st century, approachable sound. The performances are strong. This is one of those albums that college radio DJs would fall in love with. It’s a great, grass roots release that has enough creative surprises in store to distinguish itself stylistically from its inspirations and influences."

 

UrbFash, Alejandro Gill
"The band's sound is refreshing, hip, and polished. The album is dope. Stream it; you'll probably add it to your playlist—even if alt-rock is not your thing."

 

She Wolf
"10 out of 10: Here were KÖNNER at work! An almost completely perfect production of indie and alternative rock, which fans of the genre under no circumstances should be missed!"

 

Take Effect
"[Vest’s] unclassifiable vision of rock always unfolds with unpredictable but easily embraceable song craft.…A very progressive album, though not in the traditional sense. Vest and company deliver a complicated, fascinating and very artistic effort that showcases immeasurable talent that, if you’re like me, will make you an instant fan. 9/10"