Today marks the release of The Horrors new single 'Sea Within A Sea' on their official site.
A definite attempt to explore new sounds following the goth dirge of their 2007 debut album Strange House, Sea Within A Sea takes in many shoegaze and post-punk influences.
Produced last summer by Geoff Barrow (Portishead), the song (below) is a refreshing change of tactic; singer Faris Badwin has lost the angry young man and embraced reverb fuelled vocals, while his band sound more comfortable in experimental mode - the second half of the song shows them taking an almost ambient direction.
After the bands aggro-fuelled breakthrough at the end of 2006 (there were strong rumours that their label Loog 'purchased' the bands NME cover in August of the same year), the Horrors divided opinion among the indie-rock masses. Were they the perfect antidote to tedious electro or just bad goths?
When we interviewed the band for Artrocker magazine around their NME shows in 2007, they kept us waiting for an hour while they slept off hangovers and didn't look enamoured to be on board the rock'n'roll ship. Since then they've left Loog (who took on the more commercially marketable Courteeners) and signed with the excellent XL, and sound all the better for it.
Second album Primary Colours is released on 4th May, for live dates check their MySpace page.