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On Strange Pleasures, the London-based duo Still Corners interweaves disco, new wave, and Southern California pop influences with a very modern sensibility. The band’s sophomore project favors clean-edged guitar lines and swirling synthesizers, giving Tessa Murray’s winsome vocals a silvery aural patina. There’s an ‘80s pop sensibility here that recalls everyone from Fleetwood Mac to Mr. Mister, along with a moody sensuality suggestive of Selebrities and Chairlift. Organic and artificial textures merge to create a spacy fairyland that's at once sinister and inviting; it's heard in the tingling washes and billowing rhythms of “The Trap,” “All I Know," and similar tracks. Producer/chief songwriter Greg Hughes backs Murray with austere Krautrock beats (“Berlin Lovers”), gleaming synth backdrops (“Future Age”), and slow, eerie atmospherics (“We Killed the Moonlight”). Though radiating an ethereal presence, Murray reveals a yearning, almost desperate edge at times, cutting through the robotic throb of tracks such as “Beatcity” with palpable desire. Here, Still Corners does it all with a blend of studio precision and darkly obsessive emotion.

Customer Reviews

I like it

If you like the song previews, you should like the album. I like putting it on while I read or clean or write or give massages to cats

Strange Pleasures

Wonderful album. Diverse. Nice use of electronic technology. Different from previous aibum. Good to see Still Corners try new things. That's the sign of a band that will last.

A sort of Cocteau Twins 2.0

Very happy I just stumbled upon this lovely recording. Fantastic moods that borrow from - and advance - most of the aesthetic charm of the old 4AD artists' sonics and ethereal calm.


Formed: London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With influences that span the spacy experiments of the United States of America, the expansive, cinematic sounds of Ennio Morricone, and glamorous '80s synth pop, Still Corners is the project of Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray. The group formed shortly after Hughes, an American expatriate, met Murray by chance at a London train stop. Eventually, Still Corners became a quartet with the addition of members Leon Dufficy and Luke Jarvis, and released singles and EPs including 2008's Remember Pepper? and...
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