Friday, May 08, 2009

The Horrors
Primary Colours
XL Recordings

I'll grant you that this second full-length release from the UK version of The Horrors (not to be confused with the American garage/blues band of the same name) doesn't exactly qualify as 'sleaze rock' in the traditionally accepted use of the term, but when I come across a record I love, I just gotta share...

Imagine our goth boys cloistered in a hazy British pub, sipping absinthe and smoking opium while heavy-bosomed ladies of the night, their throats slit, black blood congealing in sticky pools on the worn carpeting, stiffen in high-backed velveteen parlour chairs. Gone (but not forgotten) are the howls and yelps of Sheena Is A Parasite and Jack the Ripper, and in their place, a more bleakly romantic sound: The Horrors via Joy Division and the Psychedelic Furs. Listen to Sea Within A Sea and wait for the shift (you'll know it when you hear it) from melancholic drone to resplendent possibility. Lovely.
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