Monday, 30 May 2011

Track of the Week: The Horrors - Still Life

I didn't want to do this, truth be told. The Horrors get enough press as it is, and you don't want to come to Keep Pop Loud the whole time to read about NME friendly bands such as these.

But on the other hand, 'Still Life' is so damn good. With 'Whole New Way' being a bit of a misfire post-Primary Colours, it seemed very much like said Mercury nominated LP was a miraculous fluke. That notion has been completely dispelled now, with this gorgeous synthy masterpiece.

The dreamlike ebb and vague '80s recollections (everyone's saying Simple Minds for some reason) somehow come across as a natural evolution from 'Sea Within A Sea'. Farris' croon is simultaneously uber-cool and affecting in the delivering the vocal hook "When you wake up you will find me". That it all concludes with a concoction of sound that recalls The Boo Radleys 'Lazarus' really makes you wonder how The Horrors were ever the garage-goth berks who wrote 'Sheena Is A Parasite'.

It really had to be Track of the Week at the end of the day.

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