The City and Horses

Melodically devolving into madness


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the city and horses

“Like a funky distant relative of Belle and Sebastian, The City and Horses make curiously irresistible pop.”  -Bandcamp

“I love everything about this record [We Will Never Be Discovered]” -Bob Boilen on NPR’s All Songs Considered

“The City and Horses have marked themselves as a band worth keeping an eye on.” -BabelMusic

Following in the footsteps of melodic mopers before them, The City and Horses make sad songs that sound happy.  Frontman Marc Cantone, who works as a children’s television producer by day, makes idiosyncratic indie pop that’s all about the funk (emotional and otherwise). And the emotional funk is a key aspect of the band. Having spent his adult life in the throes of OCD, Marc has become a dedicated supporter of mental health rights and issues.

The band’s fourth full-length album, RUINS — a genre hopping lament about a love triangle between Marc, an ex-girlfriend and his OCD — was released by Paper Garden Records in 2017.  They have been featured on FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” the film Paper Heart and on NPR, iTunes, WXPN, Indie Shuffle, and other fine purveyors of indie pop.