If you’re looking to be transported back to a simpler time when you’d wake up, switch on the radio and hear Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunneymen, Psychedelic Furs, and a set finished off with The Cure, sit back and let the magic of The Horror’s ‘Still Life’ take you on a magic carpet ride through your youth.
It’s the first single and first video from their third and brilliant album “Skying”, due out August 8/9, depending on which side of the pond you live on.
At the time this was written, you could still listen to “Skying” in its entirety on The Horrors site.
The album stands on its own and does not exist purely for those of us who are 80’s obsessed to play spot the influence. I was first bowled over by their second album, which scored the number 9 spot on my top 10 list for 2009.
From start to finish, ‘Skying’ is consistently good, and will most likely earn a spot on my list of best albums for 2011. BBC Music states:
The Horrors well and truly don’t trade in short-and-sharp shocks these days; rather, their songwriting has found new arenas to grow into, and the results throughout Skying are never less than captivating. Take Endless Blue, which opens with loping percussion and tooting brass – it threatens to meander meaninglessly, albeit prettily; but then the band detonates a couple of unseen grenades just before the two-minute mark, and the piece becomes a nuclear-powered Oasis with Bowie on vocals.
And it gets better: a grunge-like squeal in the guitars cracks and in come the synths, lifting Badwan’s performance to never-before-reached heights. Moving Further Away pulls a similar trick, initially deceiving with Human League keys before transforming into a Neu!-meets-New Order-does-Nirvana stratosphere-popping symphony for analogue-lovers; as it becomes louder, so the layers stack, and the effect is mesmerising. Closer Oceans Burning is the band’s most beautiful number yet, a kind of Cocteau Twins/Echo and the Bunnymen hybrid that glimmers in the album’s final streams of fading light.
You can listen to ‘Still Life’, the first single, on their site, but I encourage you to watch the video to get the full experience.
Here are some of my favorite moments from the video:
And now here’s the video for ‘Still Life.’ Enjoy: