The Horrors – Skying

January 01, 1970

(XL Recordings)


The once aptly
named Horrors has returned with Skying,
their third full length release. The UK quartet’s 2007 debut was an
eerie, garage rock affair and we were introduced to their goth looks and
macabre pseudonyms – Faris Rotter, Coffin Joe, and Spider Webb, to name a few. However,
with each album the band has impressively transitioned from the dirty, punk-rock
sounds of Strange House to more lush
arrangements. This fact may sound like a death wish for early Horrors fans but
you need not fear, as Skying merely
rests on a different gauge on the same post-punk spectrum.


Opener “Changing
The Rain” introduces us to the mellow sounds to come but next track “You Said”
is where the album truly takes off. The bass laden, catchy “Still Life” is most
reminiscent to previous release Primary
Yet trickery is the pace of Skying as it is not till the end of a track when the Horrors truly explore their sonic
terrain. “Endless Blue” greets us with a slow intro before exploding with heavy
guitars while the cool choppy keyboard and drums of “Wild Eyed” decrescendo
before resurfacing and accompanied by sound effects and horns.


Skying proves a maturing for the band and unveils a new realm of
sonic possibilities.


DOWNLOAD: “Still Life,” “You Said” APRIL S. ENGRAM

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