Friday, March 13

Horrors album: NME take the lid off.

We're not going to debase ourselves by linking to the page (we'll copy and paste instead) but everyone's favourite music-themed gossip magazine have unpacked the new Horrors album in a sort of preliminary way. The first bit of exciting news: it's got a name, and that name is Primary Colours. (Well, black and white were getting boring anyway.) The second: its last track has been tipped as a first single. (Possibly this is what the countdown on the band's website is pointing to.) Here's what NME had to say about the ten tracks, some of which have already been heard live, in their inimitable 'ironic namedropping genre-invention' style:

Mirror's Image
Beginning with a low, ambient, throb that’ll make you check you haven’t stuck ‘Music For Airports’ on by accident, after a minute of gentle pulsing it kicks in with an impossibly sultry Mary Chain bassline, big Cult drums and Faris’ declamatory, goth vocal booming “walk on into the night” before a ‘Killing Moon’-ish guitar solo (really) shoots for the heavens. We are definitely not in Shoreditch anymore, Toto.

Three Decades
Ominous, doom-laden bass and clattering drums are swept up by a banshee wail of synth and swoony MBV-style guitars. Gothgaze? Shoekraut? Who knows, but it’s amazing.

Who Can Say
Geoff Barrow’s cavernous production is amazing, Faris' clean, shriek-free vocal cutting through rumbling, droney bass over a steadily driving beat as a high, sweet synth line like the ghost of lost love coos miles above, with the only trace of the band they used to be in a tambourine-kissed Shangri-Las spoken word mid-section.

Do You Remember
This one is again more shoegazey, with a gothy groove like very early Stone Roses, or Echo And The Bunnymen at their slinkiest. The romanticism of the lyrics is another surprise, Faris earnestly crying “I will cross the ocean, I will be with you soon”.

New Ice Age
Probably the scariest of all the tracks, this dark psychedelic dirge recalls Bauhaus via the rabid aggression of Killing Joke, ending in a wash of funereal organ.

Scarlet Fields
With a throbbing bassline oddly reminiscent of U2’s ‘With Or Without You’, this is romantic and shoegazey, with screes of MBV/Sonic Youth guitar textures, as sweet as they are scouring.

I Only Think Of You
With that BOOM-boom-boom-chick ‘Be My Baby’ beat so beloved of shoegazers the world over, this is a doomy ballad from the edge of obsession, Faris booming “you know if I lose you I’ll go mad” like a young Ian McCulloch.

I Can't Control Myself
An unstable psychobillyish cousin of Spiritualized’s 'Come Together', as sexy as it is psychotic.

Primary Colours
The most upbeat and traditional of the tracks, this has something of Interpol-via-Asobi Seksu about it, but much, much cleverer than that.

Sea Within A Sea
What a choice of comeback single - an eight-minute Spacemen 3-meets-Neu! odyssey of ominous motorik rhythms, Faris’ mournful incantations and an expanding starfield of synths.

Sounds good to us. One final confirmation: it is, as rumoured, due for release in May. Start saving.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

why are those idiots dropping "shoe gaze" in willy nilly?

Anonymous said...

I know that the band, especially Joshua, are really influenced by the genre but my god does nme overdo it.

Besides that - I really enjoy the new single and hope nme are at least half-correct with their descriptions.

Anonymous said...

You really can't trust that rag. It pigeon holes groups because it makes their job easy for them. "look a new real musical movement!"

Brandon G. said...

Obvious shoegaze influences but they sound nothing like MBV. And yes, I'm a big Horrors fan

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