It was an ambitious and exciting album upon its release and remains so today. The fact that Smith could produce a piece of art so definitive as her first album remains completely staggering.
It is also one of the most influential records in modern music. It has inspired countless musicians across all genres, genders and ages for decades and will surely continue to do so for many years to come.
We spoke to four great Australian musicians – Courtney Barnett, Jen Cloher, Deborah Conway and Abbe May – about what makes Horses such a vital record.