Recorded over 15 months in the band’s east London studio-laboratory-bunker with co-producer Craig Silvey (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire, The National), Luminous is the follow-up to the band’s 2011 release Skying.
Luminous is trailed by “I See You,” which received its first broadcast earlier today. The seven-and-half-minute synth anthem was recently unveiled at The Fly Awards in London, where the band were joined onstage by Thurston Moore.
Tasking themselves with, as ever, moving onwards, The Horrors determined to make an album that was brighter, more positive, more electronic. ‘We’ve refined our sound,” affirms lead singer Faris Badwan, “and in terms of songwriting it is the record I’m happiest with.” Or, in the words of bass player Rhys Webb, “it’s not so much about heavier guitars as a heavier potency… We want to make music you can dance to, music that elevates…” Luminous by name, luminous by nature: this is an album radiating light and energy. These songs are The Horrors writing at their instinctive, intuitive and accessible best.
Shedding some light on the intra-band, in-studio creative process, keyboard player Tom Cowan mentions a an ever-evolving playlist featuring “so much, the usual – Beatles, Sabbath, Kraftwerk also Eno, J Dilla, Metroplex/Trax Records…but as always psychedelic music from all over the world, soul, funk, dub…”
Further input came from producer Paul Epworth (Adele, Paul McCartney, Foster The People) on the track “Falling Star.” There was also a crucial role for a new piece of kit. Badwan reveals that Richard Russell, boss of their label XL, “had the pyramid synth from our “Changing The Rain” video built for us.”
The Horrors are Faris Badwan (vocals), Joshua Third (guitarist), Tom Furse (keyboards, synthesizers), Rhys Webb (bass) and Joe Spurgeon (drums, percussion).
First Day Of Spring
So Now You Know
In and Out Of Sight
I See You
Change Your Mind
Mine and Yours