The Horrors: Skying


Unless you’re Nick Cave, squalling goth punk can ?only take you so far, which ?is possibly why London’s ?The Horrors changed tack ?so quickly for their shoegaze- meets-post-punk second album, Primary Colours.

The band’s third LP continues in the shoegaze vein, but it’s not the hazy, shimmering variety which normally saturates the airwaves; there’s something very structured and towering about the walls of sound on Skying, as if they’ve ?been achieved on a Grand ?Designs scale.

Vocally, frontman Faris Badwan can afford to let himself go a bit more, as ?on the plaintive, anguished Dive. If only more of Skying’s tunes could have matched ?it for drama and emotional depth.

-Alison Grinte