Friday, December 09, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.24: Still Corners - Creatures Of An Hour

In the year that began with the sad loss of Trish Keenan, the influence of Broadcast's exploratory, floating retro-futurism was felt keenly in Still Corners' debut. Equally playing with 60s lounge exotica stylings subsumed into the whirr of slight seconded keyboards, Tessa Murray's voice possesses a haunting quality that keeps afloat the lulls and wafts along the rushes, her soothing vocal melodies drawing the listener towards... well, what? The ominous rumbling of the lower registers, the shafts of reverberating guitar and vintage organ that fall across the melody, the insistent motorik drumming... certainly nothing as calming as hoped, it all suggests that however airy things get there's always something lurking in the margins, not least on the hanging European suspense of Velveteen. An album for the twilight hours.


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