The Horrors - Luminous
Southend's The Horrors return with the aptly titled Luminous, the eagerly anticipated follow up to the leaps-and-bounds progress that was 2011's Skying. Dance music for shoegazers? If that was the aim, consider this fourth effort a runaway success. Melding bright 80s pop, with candy-coloured dance moves and Faris Badwan's cool, understated vocals, The Horrors now exhibit a contemporary panache that few others seem willing, or capable, of delivering to this degree.
There is a lovely juxtaposition between Badwan's deadpan vocals and the music's sparkling effervescence. Take for example the way opener 'Chasing Shadows' creeps in before exploding into a wondrous cacophony of colors. The uplifting psychedelia of 'First Day Of Spring' maintains this intial interest, while the richly textured slow dance number 'Change Your Mind' contrasts nicely with the guitar heavy 'Jealous Sun' and 'Sleep Walk', with its excellent John Bonham-esque drum intro. Even the more retro numbers like 'Falling Star' are delivered with a splendid élan. This is a sure-fire winner, cementing their position as one of our most progressive and innovative bands. Keep shining on, you crazy diamonds.