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Skying (2011)

Artist: Horrors
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Format: CD
Sku: 222037170
UPC: 634904053925
UPC 14: 00634904053925
Release Date: 8/9/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Changing the Rain ~ The Horrors (UK)
2. You Said ~ The Horrors (UK)
3. I Can See Through You ~ The Horrors (UK)
4. Endless Blue ~ The Horrors (UK)
5. Dive In ~ The Horrors (UK)
6. Still Life ~ The Horrors (UK)
7. Wild Eyed ~ The Horrors (UK)
8. Moving Further Away ~ The Horrors (UK)
9. Monica Gems ~ The Horrors (UK)
10. Oceans Burning ~ The Horrors (UK)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Faris Badwan (vocals); Joshua Third (guitar); Tomethy Furse, Rhys Webb (keyboards); Coffin Joe (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Craig Silvey.
Muze PNote Recording information: Offerclass, London, England (10/2010-03/2011).
Muze PNote Photographer: Neil Krug.
Muze PNote Arranger: The Horrors .
Muze PNote Skying boasts a song called "Moving Further Away," and that's exactly what the Horrors do on their third album. Neither a return to Strange House's goth-punk nor a simple continuation of Primary Colours' acclaimed Krautrock/shoegaze fusion, this time the band sets the dials of its way-back machine for the mid- and late `80s, sampling post-punk luminaries such as Echo & the Bunnymen, the Psychedelic Furs, and Simple Minds as well as the era's baggy trend. Yet somehow the Horrors' chameleon act seems more cohesive and convincing -- or perhaps it's just less shocking to hear them give their music another complete makeover. The main remnant of Primary Colours is that album's atmospheric yet detailed production, which the Horrors embellish further with dense layers of synth, guitars, and vocals. Skying's centerpiece and lead single, "Still Life," defines its approach, with sparkly mid-`80s keyboards and brass that only strengthen the feeling that Jim Kerr sang this song over the credits of some long-lost John Hughes movie. Though "Still Life" isn't as striking a salvo as Primary Colours' "Sea Within a Sea," it's just as striking in its own way, and even if nothing here quite matches their previous flashes of brilliance, Skying reflects the Horrors' growing abilities. Not only do the bandmembers stretch the muscles they developed on Primary Colours with workouts like the aforementioned "Moving Further Away" and "Oceans Burning," both of which expand on "Sea Within a Sea"'s motorik rhythms and suite-like movements, they also turn in some downright poppy moments like the towering "I Can See Through You" and "Endless Blue." While the Horrors' main skill still seems to be embodying whatever styles catch their fancies as completely as they can, they put more of their own stamp on these sounds, as "Dive In"'s melodramatic take on baggy's usually fun-loving grooves and the dub influence hovering around "Wild Eyed" attest. Interestingly, Skying's most overtly rock song, "Monica Gems," is far tamer than anything on Strange House and even a good chunk of Primary Colours, underscoring just how far they've ventured with each album. Regardless of where they end up next, the Horrors have already traveled much further than most listeners would have imagined. ~ Heather Phares

Producer: Craig Silvey; The Horrors

Engineer: Craig Silvey

Compilation Appearances

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Associated Artists and Works

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/11/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : XLCD 539
Music Label Name Label : XL
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00634904053925

Professional Reviews

Spin (p.76)
- "[They add] expansive synthscapes and subtle brass arrangements to the art-rock gravitas of 2009's PRIMARY COLOURS, teasing out a poppier take on Primal Scream."

Q (Magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "It's clear-eyed quality that persists throughout, no matter how hard the music works to disorientate and disturb....This isn't blissed-out dream-pop but a beautiful Twin Peaks-style nightmare."

Mojo (Publisher)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's the eight-minute closer, 'Oceans Burning,' that captures The Horrors in full effect....The Horrors have come of age."

Pitchfork (Website)
- "Both Badwan's voice and the band's production have made some strides here: He sounds surer behind the microphone than ever, and the band's guitars and synths are frequently smoothed of shrieks into one great blur..."

Clash (magazine)
- "Whether patient and brooding or brash and immediate, SKYING is constantly elevating."

Uncut (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "Richer, heavier, more lustrous than PRIMARY COLOURS, this is the band left to their own devices, shut away from the outside world, writing and playing their version of pop..."

Uncut (magazine)
- Ranked #6 in Uncut's '50 Best Albums Of 2011' -- "[S]ongs reminiscent, in many places, of Simple Minds in their aesthetic pomp."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Horrors
Product attributeLabel:   Xl Recordings/beggars Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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