Last month British act The Horrors announced their return with details of their fourth studio album Luminous (out May 6 on XL Recordings), promising a “weirder, wilder and more colourful” sound. Teaser track “I See You,” a seven and a half minute synth anthem, “collects almost everything this band does well into one beautiful sprawling epic” notes Stereogum. Today the band will reveal “So Now You Know,” bringing fans one step further into the technicolour world of Luminous that awaits. A hazy backdrop of bubbling synths expand spectacularly into an otherworldly widescreen affair, with the commanding vocals of Faris Badwan leading the way. Stream the song just below!
Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous is the follow-up to the band’s 2007 debut Strange House, the Mercury-nominated Primary Colours (2009), and the critically-acclaimed Skying (2011) – a record that entered the charts the UK charts at number five, featured prominently in the end-of-year magazine/newspaper polls, and was anointed NME’s Album Of The Year.
One of Britain’s most peculiar mainstream exports – adored at home, but almost unknown in North America – The Horrors bring their third album Skying across the Atlantic poised to conquer. The homeland hype was promising, but there’s no denying the record is underwhelming, if not down-right disappointing. This spiky five-piece brings their awkward swagger in bushels, crooning and swaying with one collective voice, but where that voice takes you will depend on what you’re looking for.
Skying is the third album from British band, The Horrors. The slightly obscure post punk fivesome have never endured success like they have with Skying as it rocketed to number five in the UK charts, twenty places higher than previous effort Primary Colours. Is their success justified? Definitely, yes.