Still Corners – 'Strange Pleasures' album review

Heavy-lidded pop meets fantasies of the open road on an album seemingly designed for car speakers

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Still Corners – 'Strange Pleasures'

  • Rated as: 4/5

It’s a shame this hazy pop duo from London hadn’t found their new sound around the time that director Nicolas Winding Refn was making his film ‘Drive’. The songs on this album would have matched perfectly with shots of Ryan Gosling hitting the gas and hurtling towards the sunset.

The bands that did feature on the ‘Drive’ soundtrack – College, Desire and The Chromatics – have clearly been an influence on this second album – encouraging the duo to add pulsing synth basslines to their existing dream-pop sensibilities. As a result, ‘Strange Pleasures’ feels like Beach House on a road trip (possibly to a beach house?) It’s a combination of heavy-lidded pop and fantasies of the open road seemingly designed for your car speakers.

‘The Trip’ and ‘Beatcity’ are the highlights – gorgeous pop songs with Tessa Murray’s eerily seductive voice high in the mix. But there are plenty of perfect moments across this album. The funereal pace of ‘Beginning to Blue’ and the haunting Echo & The Bunnymen guitars of ‘Midnight Drive’ chill rather than thrill, but keep you hooked.

Grab your bomber jacket and hit Hackney Road with this blaring out of your Fiesta. Ryan Gosling, eat your heart out.



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