Song of the day /// The Horrors “Still Life”

The Horrors… This charismatic band have a sense of mystery around them which is clearly reflected in their music. Today’s song of the day is the tune “Still Life” taken off The Horrors’ latest release “Skying”. Dark and enigmatic in its character, “Still Life” switches dramatically from calm verses to exploding choruses – both musically and vocally. Faris’s tender velvet voice first calms listeners down with its softness only to impress them with power and deepness afterwards.

Shades and colouring of the song are transparent and imperceptibly tap into deepest emotions. The mystique of “Still Life” lies in the created lyrical and musical mist which is highly enchanting. This song has the secret which can’t be discovered and that’s what keeps listeners in its artistically strong embrace.

“Still Life” became the first song written for the album and the first single off “Skying” and was released in July 2011 after the initial airing in Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 Show. That’s what The Horrors’ bass player Rhys Webb told NME in his interview:  “After a year on the road, before the night was out we had recorded the first demo. It was so relaxed and pretty exciting. I left saying to myself, ‘If that’s the first track we’ve written, what’s the rest of it going to sound like?'”

8 Responses to “Song of the day /// The Horrors “Still Life””
  1. eva6kora says:

    What a tune! These guys rock! Amazing live as well 🙂

  2. Never heard this song, although I hear about the band all over the place. The song rocks! I love that simple bassline, and how they pull off that restrained, gradual build to the climax. I’m not sure people appreciate how difficult that is to do.

  3. thereviewer says:

    Brilliant. Songs with such a slow tempo normally disinterest me. Soothing is the word. You could listen to that beat for hours and just sway in a hypnotic-like state.

  4. thereviewer says:

    Very clever as well incidentally aren’t they? What a transformation from their Stange House early days. The Horrors and The Maccabees have stood the test of time and have adapted excellently to a difficult time for guitar music.

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