Chris Cunningham had been accused of plagiarising the London-based visual artist.
The London-based artist, AKA Doon Kanda, said today his stance had "shifted" since first learning of the cover—by Chris Cunningham, the visual artist known for his work with Aphex Twin—for the English band's new single, Machine. The Horrors were accused online of using a cover that was derivative of Kanda's work. In the statement, the Arca collaborator said that his view on the debate had changed once people had accused him of copying Cunningham's style.
"At first I felt a bit territorial," the statement read. "And since people were defending my work, I unsympathetically found it amusing to watch. But when I started seeing a few people accusing some of my work [of] being just as similar to some of Chris Cunningham's work, who had collaborated with The Horrors before, my stance shifted... and I am so grateful for this." He also wrote: "I will always hold in the highest regard the struggle and pleasure of finding ones' unique voice as an artist. That said, in defence of both The Horrors and I, as well as every artist ever, sometimes we might step on each other's toes, but that's actually out of love and admiration, coincidence, or even unconscious echoing too."
Resident Advisor has contacted representatives of The Horrors for a statement. Tom Furse, one of the members of the band, responded to Kanda's tweet with a prayer emoji and "love from Horrorsville."
Here's the statement in full.
my statement regarding The Horrors artwork, originality, territoriality and what I learned from this experience. thank you pic.twitter.com/mGqLvGolgg— Jesse Kanda (@jessekanda) June 15, 2017