One of my favorite records of the year gets its proper US release today after being out in its native UK for about a month. If you haven’t heard Skying yet and are even a slight fan of anything shoegaze related, grab it immediately. Poppier and much more accessible than their previous efforts but still drenched in vivid textures and waves of sound that call to mind a more modern My Bloody Valentine.
The Horrors – “Dive In”
English five-piece The Horrors have always been a bit hard to love for me, considering their hit-or-miss last album and those haircuts/press photos. But third LP Skying takes everything that the Horrors did well and adds a whole palette of colors to the sound. Where past efforts have been dreary and almost overwhelmingly gothic, Skying is bright and hopeful, still heavily indebted to shoegaze and My Bloody Valentine but with a surprisingly pleasant pop foundation. “Changing The Rain” opens up the album and is a clear indicator of the rest of the record’s direction.
The Horrors – “Changing The Rain”