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- Strange Pleasures by Still Corners
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London duo Still Corners’ 2011 debut ‘Creatures of an Hour’ was a real slinky dreampop gem which was very popular here at Norman Towers, so we’ve been waiting with bated breath for their follow-up effort on Sub Pop. Here it is, and it’s lovely as expected. There’s elements of dreampop and shoegaze, ‘80s synthpop and library horror synths in their smoky, breathy slo-mo power ballads which really sucks you into their world.
This time round songs like ‘All I Know’ showcase their Broadcast-meets-Cure-meets-Cocteaus aesthetic with more of a modern floatpop sheen that brings to mind Washed Out, but then there’s more pure synthpop tracks, such as ‘Berlin Lovers’ and ‘Future Age’ which follow it - the former a kind of robotic retro-futurist ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ for our computer-hypnotised generation, the latter an technicolour stomp of synthetic swooshes and bright bloopy melodies along with pulsating Afro-inspired rhythms providing a perfect backdrop for some Liz Fraser-esque crooning from singer Tessa Murray. It’s unapologetically uplifting whilst still being sophisticated and mysterious and strangely distant. Despite the more polished sound there’s always some kind of weird analogue synth-tinkery going on to keep the listener on their toes and having given it a couple of spins in the office already we can confirm that it’s a grower.
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