a dark horse

a dark horse


"One of the most accomplished and exciting debuts this year." - HOT PRESS (IRE)

"A rich, cinematic and substantial sound." - NIALLER9.COM (IRE)

"A sound that is compelling, dense, and dreamy" - SEATTLE WEEKLY (USA)

"Pur sang pop." - LES INROCKUPTIBLES (FRA)



a dark horse are Hugh Rodgers & James Parker. Formed in Dublin in the winter of 2010, Rodgers and Parker came together to create a band unlike anything either had been in before - making music that is more cinematic than sound or song alone. With the help of some trusted friends and accomplices, a dark horse record and produce their music, make their own music videos and design their own artwork.

They recorded their debut EP in Porchlight Studios in Ranelagh between February and August 2011 with friend & drummer extraordinaire Niall Woods, and brought in other talented friends Adrian Mullan (drums) & Luke Slott (piano, trumpet), Vyvienne Long (cello, vocals) and Adrian Mullan Snr. (accordion).

Their music goes beyond just songs. It's about recreating and inspiring an emotion. From delicately whispered vocals to a banjo echoing through a sparsely furnished room, the songs make you think of firewood crackling somewhere deep in a forest clearing, damp leaves and butterflies, soft forest foliage underfoot and shimmering light filtering through treetops overhead.

Their songs tell stories about walking your own path, recalling the childhood freedom of endless summer days, how we change our lives in the unknown, and how our hopes, fears and dreams are forged within our pain. The songs rise to crescendos before unwinding themselves, their stories told, their bodies broken, but staying with the listener, long after the music has ceased.

Their self produced EP was recorded by Niall Woods & John Bradshaw, mixed by Stephen Shannon at Experimental Audio, and mastered by Richard Dowling at Wav Mastering.

Music videos:

A Dark Horse - Take Me Home


a dark horse (self titled) EP