Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Horrors - Primary Colours

Back in 2007, The Horrors were victims of their own hype: it had been so intense for so long that, when debut album "Strange House" finally arrived, everybody had already grown tired of them and looked somewhere else. Seen at a distance, that record may have its flaws, but beneath the haircuts, dark clothes and Chris Cunningham videos, there were also some pretty solid songs in it. In the two years that have passed by, we had a couple of guest appearances as DJ's, along with some displays of vocalist Faris Badwan drawings in exhibitions and record covers...but actually nothing they could have done would really prepare us for this amazing follow-up and its intense psychedelic hallucinations. Coming onboard is Geoff Barrows (a.k.a. Mr. Portishead himself), giving a helping hand as producer, and if marrying The Horrors' gothic imagery with Barrows' twisted vision seems like a marriage made in (a very creepy) heaven, that's because it really is. And with that, what we hear finally matches their huge artistic ambitions, in a conceptual piece of work that seems to translate their darkest and most disturbing obsessions and fears. Be afraid. (9/10)

The Horrors - Sea Within A Sea (video)


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