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Maria Linden of I Break Horses on My Bloody Valentine and why fans are more like soulmates

I Break Horses (due tonight with M83 at the Ogden Theatre) started out as the bedroom project of Maria Lindén. Chances are, if she hadn't been in contact with Simon Raymonde of Cocteau Twins and Bella Union fame (the label that also released a few albums by the Czars from Denver), we never would have heard Lindén's hauntingly gorgeous songs. She named the band after a song by Bill Callahan, even though her music sounds like nothing that guy has ever done. But it's a fitting metaphor for reigning in her own anxieties and fears to be able to take her music to an actual audience, though she rightfully prefers to refer to those who come see her music as soulmates.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.