Skying is the third studio album by British band the Horrors. The album was released on 11 July 2011 in the UK and on 9 August 2011 in the US on XL Recordings. Recorded by the band in their self-built London studio, it is the first album the band produced themselves. Two months prior to its release, the song "Still Life" was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, where it was played in its entirety and named as his "Hottest Record in the World"
The Horrors – Skying. Label: XL Recordings – XLLP539. Producer – The Horrors. Recorded By – Bryan Wilson (2), Mark Allaway. Recorded By – Jerome Watson. Vocals – Faris Badwan. Written-By, Arranged By – The Horrors. Comes in a gatefold sleeve.
The Horrors – Skying. Label: XL Recordings – XLCD539. Recorded at Offerclass, London in October 2010 - March 2011 and Miloco The Garden, London in April 2011.
Skying is the work of a band that's living up to the hype, just after the fact. And considering the trajectory that Skying shows they're on, maybe the Horrors won't just ultimately match the expectations of them, but maybe top them.
Band Name The Horrors. Erscheinungsdatum Juli 2011. Labels Beggars Banquet. Musik GenrePsychedelic Rock. Mitglieder die dieses Album besitzen2. 1. Changing the Rain. 3. I Can See Through You.
The main remnant of Primary Colours is that album’s atmospheric yet detailed production, which the Horrors embellish further with dense layers of synth, guitars, and vocals.
Skying is The Horrors’ third album and definitely their best. It’s big, spacey and souring, scattered with intermittent piercing blasts and weaving rhythm. There are times when there’s a bit too much canvas, but when it comes to an end it sort of feels rewarding. Dive In is all echoing arpeggio electric with a simple drum beat. It’s got a lot of space in parts, but on an album called Skying, that’s sort of to be expected. However, Dive In ends with growing intensity that makes it what it is. The roving keys at the start of Still Life are class, patched over a slow bass-line and pierced with eighties style baggy synth hooks.
As you listen to 'Skying' you can’t help but feel that if it had been released in the early nineties it would now be viewed as a seminal album in British indie. It feels so, of that time. Lead single 'Still Life' could so easy nestle itself in the back catalogue of The Chameleons, The Cure, Echo & The Bunnymen or even further back to bands like Joy Division. But even whilst sounding so similar to so much that has preceded it, 'Still Life' (and 'Skying' in its entirety for that matter) has a sound completely unique unto itself. While the latter is the most subdued The Horrors have ever sounded, yet possibly the most brilliant The Horrors have ever sounded (almost like The Beatles at the height of their drug laced psychedelica). It’s also the best Faris sounds on the album. Mainly because for the other nine songs he’s hiding behind a veil of distortion, but here his vocals are laid bare for all. It’s rather beautiful.