Primary Colours CD
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When The Horrors first arrived on the cover of NME a couple of years ago, being bugled as the best band in the country, various hackles were raised and naturally the inbuilt cynicism of your everyday Enemy fan smelt dubious hype. They looked amazing, and in the 100 or so seconds of the single Sheena Is A Parasite, sounded pretty good too. However, their black clad eyes and tendency to smear audiences in soot didn't suggest a long term career plan, and within a few moments of their not-that-bad debut album Strange House being released, they had been written off as some sort of novelty that it wouldn't been a shock if there were collectible Japanese action figures made of them. Primary Colours, then, is likely to be a bit of a shock to those expecting further Screaming Lord Sutch hysterics.
Oh yes. A colossal sounding amalgam of incredible influences - Neu!, My Bloody Valentine, Mary Chain, DAF, Acid house, Loop, krautrock, even Kitchens Of Distinction etc, broadening their palette enough as so not to get confused with The View. Within minutes of the first single - the eight minute Sea Within A Sea - being made available on their site, the net was vibrating with nothing but Blimey!s, and various words were in the process of being eaten.
Curiously for an album apparently made in almost total darkness, it sounds at its best in the sunshine. Like a baby Kevin Shields, Josh Third's guitar weaves undulating waves beneath opener Mirror's Image - this isn't anything, this is a full-on rebirth - the swooning vastness of guitar and vintage organs on Three Decades; I Only Think Of You is the Velvet Underground you can sunbathe to; If we lived in a world where Jesus & Mary Chain once had Top Ten hits, then there's no reason why Who Can Say with its Joe Meek-ian organs and girl-group homage, can't repeat such a thing.
There's barely a bad moment here. You are left more in awe that A: this is The Horrors and B: it stands tall above so many other things. Genuinely, really, very, very good indeed, people. Hell, even an album of the year. --Ian Wade
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'Mirrors Image' is a wash of loud guitars and powerful bass. 'Who Can Say' is like a modern day Jesus and The Mary Chain. While stand out 'Scarlet Fields' is dreamy and bouncy whilst keeping its gloominess, as does the tile-track which sounds like something out of an 80s light hearted vampire film. 'Sea Within A Sea' is the highlight, starting like a distant Joy Division before bursting into pure krautrock-esque synths.
Their funny lads so its a suprise at how visceral this is. If you want something lighter look at the equally great 'Skying'.
That was then. Primary Colours now shifts their monochrome focus into a more vivid arena. Little has been cut however from Strange House, but plenty has been added. Notably, it's in with intelligible organ, Joy Division homages and My Bloody Valentine drone. Tellingly, it's out with schlock-shock screaming, faux-goth and stubborn resistance to include a tune. Primary Colours contorts from curiosity into contender really rather quickly.
As Strange House hinted at surf-punk, Primary Colours hints at spectral girl groups, distorted, of course on `Who Can Say'. `I Can't Control Myself' has persuaded Spiritualized's `Come Together' to guest on its own re-imagining. Elsewhere it's Bauhaus grooming a fledgling Cramps, the title track is Jesus & Mary Chain as fronted by the sombre ghost of Ian Curtis. 7-minute closer, `Sea Within A Sea', is a joyously optimistic show of synth, which, if a little light in itself, is a krautrock paean to triumph in adversity, a tacit statement of self-assured self, a told-you-so to the naysayers.
Its knockers will still cite originality as a major downfall, but there is an art to pastiche, an art in which the Horrors have become proficient. Their former incarnation as skinny clotheshorses has allowed them to evolve and run confident streaks across the record like a rainbow breaking out of a storm, spreading the primary colours of Loveless, Pyschocandy and In The Flat Field across their canvas. Pastiche with power, it's as easy as one-two-three: red, green, ... and as blue as White Lies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Horrors-Primary Colours is a CD of many reference points from the aural annuls. Read more
A horrible tuneless noise with absolutely nothing to commend it. I guarantee this will be one of those cds in your collection that gathers dust and never gets played.Published 10 months ago by R. J. Grimmer
I've been a massive fan of Indie music from when the term was first coined. There have been many bands that eschewed the commercial side of music and produced good music for the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by I. Behlim
If you're thinking of buying this because you like the song "Sea within a Sea", like I did, then don't. The rest of the album is self-indulgent, tuneless drivel!Published on 18 Aug. 2014 by A. Smith
Very reminiscent of bands like The Cure, but with a recognizable sound of their own. I would give the album a 3.5 if possiblePublished on 22 Jun. 2014 by Hans Westerlaken
This is a very good album but I was just very slightly disappointed- after reading rave reviews I expected morePublished on 22 April 2014 by Amazon Customer