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Sea Within A Sea

April 15, 2009

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Remember when you loved The Horrors for like five minutes in 2006/2007? An awesome lead single and an even better video to accompany it was promising but the highly fashionable, stylised and derivative sound didn’t really carry Strange House‘s running time. In fact it was hard to get through more than three or so of their frenetic organs + feedback + bleary screaming jams at a time. It seemed the band could only be destined for a short history of diminishing returns, self parody and Mighty Boosh cameos.

But new album Primary Colours, due in May, is their bid for credibility, and sees the band finding their feet, discovering space and filtering their influences smartly rather than throwing them all in the blender, leaving the lid off and flicking the switch. The band enlisted Portishead dude Geoff Barrow for production duties and some of 3‘s starkness and brittle shards of sound find their way onto the album along with new-romantic synths, big 80’s basslines and a few more girl group/wall of sound/Velvet Underground signifiers.

They no longer sound like “The Munsters” theme song, their hooks are better and this time it feels like you are left wanting more, not ready to turn it off after ten minutes. They still look like a bunch of natty pin-up boys who are way too into The Corpse Bride though. Anyway, here is seven minute closer and album highlight “Sea Within a Sea”.

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The video for the track is also streaming over on their website for people who have faster internet than us chumps in Australia.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sackinton permalink
    April 16, 2009 12:58 pm

    i like tacquitos.

  2. a fork permalink
    April 24, 2009 10:40 am

    Tell me that is one guy wearing a couple of slightly different (impossibly snug) outfits??

  3. April 18, 2010 1:48 pm

    this mighty boosh and the horrors, always a good mix 🙂

    and @a folk, yeah haha

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