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Album of the Week: The Horrors' Skying (Download a Free Track)

horrors_080311_1.jpgThe Stone Roses, the Manic Street Preachers, My Bloody Valentine, the Charlatans, the Jesus and Mary Chain—all great, weighty UK bands that blended post-punk intelligence with psychedelic influences, and all of which, for one reason or another, are either out of commission or past their prime. Luckily for fans of the small space where British arena rock, sixties sounds, goth, and art-school music meet, there are the Horrors and their third album, Skying. Winding in and out of shimmering walls of production and prickly songwriting, Skying may just be the album that sees the band transition from an indie-approved curiosity from the Old Country to an honest-to-goodness success in the U.S. Evolving even further from their darker first album, the Horrors have produced a challenging, engaging clutch of songs that play with U2's expansive sound ("Changing the Rain," "Moving Further Away"), Interpol's dire stylishness ("Dive In," "I Can See Through You"), and even Pavement's rakish slack ("Endless Blue"). It's an impressively consistent effort that harks back to the day when bands actually produced fully realized albums instead of makeshift playlists. More than that, it takes a dated sound from the nineties and makes it absolutely contemporary. Skying may look backward for its tone and style, but for the Horrors, it is a clear and highly listenable step forward.

Download "Moving Further Away" here.

Skying by the Horrors is available today at music retailers and iTunes

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