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Still Corners' full-length debut, Creatures of an Hour, glows with the delicate vocals of singer Tessa Murray and the atmospheric, cinematic influences of songwriter Greg Hughes. The London based four-piece combine the youthful tone of French New Wave and the unease of Italian horror into the free-floating grace of Creatures of an Hour. Recorded at Hughes' studio in Greenwich, Creatures of an Hour's ghostly guitar, distant organ and ethereal vocals form deceptively simple pop songs that linger long after, like half-remembered dreams.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • ASIN: B005HI7N5A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There's really no other way to put it: Tessa Murray has the voice of an angel.

Still Corners' singer conjures up a siren song that could wreck a thousand ships. It alone is worth the price of admission.

But founder Greg Hughes is the heart of this London dream-pop band on the debut, one that was finished but for lassoing a singer when Hughes stumbled across Murray by chance about a year ago when they both got off at the wrong bus stop late one night -- like a scene out of a film -- and began to talk.

"Dreaming" is titled after a line in John Keats' poem, "When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be," an ode to life's more illusory aspects. And the way the music floats along like the soundtrack to a Wim Wenders film that never got made, it's easy to envision "Dreaming" as wisping away to nothing in the breeze. Think French band Air's score for "The Virgin Suicides" soundtrack. It's solemn and beautiful and fleeting at the same time.

Hughes, an avid cinephile along with his four bandmates, aimed to create mini-movies in listeners' heads with his vivid, wistful compositions, each one haunted by Murray's voice. Murray elicits due comparisons to Julee Cruise (the singer on "Twin Peaks" theme) and Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval. There are hints in the music of Ennio Morricone spaghetti westerns, 1970s Italian giallo films and romantic epics.

Take the dizzying "Cuckoo," the video for which shows the band members' faces as blurs. There is an out-of-focus feel in the wash of reverb, a rising swirl of beats and creaks, and Murray's haunting vocals as she sings the delirious, love-swept lines, "We never meant obsession / we should have had confessions / this feels so out of time / won't get left behind."

Exquisite.
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This group is one of those moody, laid back sensual groups, sort of a marriage between Julie Cruise and Portishead. Not a whole lot of variety, but a wonderfully pleasing and melodious sound. There is also the high reverb guitar sound thrown in, ala Peter Gunn or the Ventures. The vocals are breathy and totally blend with the lush sound of the band. I don't feel overly stimulated by this album, but I am totally swooned by it.
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great album. very dreamy. listened to for months during the summer. best album from them. a little shoegazey. think I would classify it as dream pop.
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