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Thursday, 1 December 2011

Record Review - Still Corners

Creatures Of An Hour

Londoners Still Corners have been threatening to unleash one hell of a debut album for several years now – and here it is. Like their spiritual cousins The Soundcarriers, The Hall Of Mirrors and Colorama, the Still Corners sound is an exotic stew of late ’60s psych, driving Krautrock beats, kitsch film soundtracks and more, yet manages to sound very 2011.

This is very much a mood album in that there’s little in the way of hummable tunes here. Rather, gorgeous winsome female vocals flit over the top of dreamy soundscapes. The singles, the shoeygazeyesque ‘Endless Summer’ and powerful ‘Into The Trees’ are obvious highlights, but the band are at their best on more gentle offerings like ‘The White Season’ (which features a wonderful fairground keyboard) and ‘I Wrote in Blood’ (which reminds of me the David Axelrod-produced Electric Prunes albums). My favourite debut album of 2011 – no question.

Ashley Norris

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