The Horrors shed their garage punk skins and stopped sounding like a B-rate Cramps tribute on their second effort 'Primary Colours'. Produced by Portishead's Geoff Barrow, the album is a dizzying cocktail of gothic psychedelia, shoegaze, post-punk and krautrock. It's a bit My Bloody Valentine, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Chameleons and NEU!. Check out the excellent final track 'Sea Within A Sea' for a taster of what to expect on this nocturnal classic.
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8/10 Amelie DeLarge
In a short note, Primary Colours sees The Horrors changing the keyboards to the guitar, switching to love lyrics and leading their music in a more consistent and mature way. The garage-goth mark is there ('New ice age', 'I can't control myself', 'Three decades') but it is less obvious and more interesting. Portishead Geoff Barrow's production is also spot on (I recognised many elements from 'Third' and there is that P's kick).The warm sound throughout the album (I think) was the result of being recorded in an underground studio with no windows and I imagine it will sound even greater on vinyl!What I really hope is the Horrors fans listen to the album, do a bit of research and go listen to the bands from where all this 'new sound' came from.
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