The Horrors are set to return with their third album entitled Skying, and if lead-single ‘Still Life’ is anything to go by, it will see them embark on a new direction once again, following the very pleasant surprise of 2009’s Primary Colours, itself a departure from debut Strange House.
Clearly 90s inspired but with a soft and hypnotic mood that strangely drags it right into the 21st Century, ‘Still Life’ is one for repeated listens. It never really lifts off, and it doesn’t try to and aside from Faris Badwin’s excellent swaying melody the strength of ‘Still Life’ lies in it’s atmosphere and colourful layers.
Whatever you make of the track, there is no denying they have come a long way since the ragged surf-punk of their debut and a lead single such as this often suggests an album rich with depth.
Both ‘Still Life’ Skying will be released on July 11th through XL Recordings with a short, sold-out tour currently in place, watch this space for an Oxford date to be announced soon.