Boomkat Product Review:
Classy dream-pop from London’s Greg Hughes, Tessa Murray and friends, the follow-up to their widely acclaimed 2011 set Creatures Of An Hour.
The album kicks off with ‘The Trip’, in which Murray invites you to “pack your bags / hit the open road”, and she could be describing the band’s own creative trajectory: this a far airier, more widescreen LP than its predecessor, with a clarity to the production and songwriting that surely will surely lead to daytime radio play and festival ubiquity (if it hasn’t already...we’re not the people to ask). We don’t say all this to denigrate Still Corners: you have to take your hat off to such finely crafted AOR missiles as ‘Beginning To Blue’, a bruised, synth-daubed ballad easily the equal of Feist in full flight, and very much in her patented mature, melancholic, electro-organic style.
The guitar parts are lovely, variously invoking The Police’s slick minimalism, Twin Peaks roadhouse twang and Paisley Underground jangle, and Murray’s voice is pleasingly gossamer-thin without being substanceless; she has the versatility and gusto to handle gnomic, near-abstract miniatures (‘Beatcity’) and forays into full-on, bouffant synth-pop (‘Fireflies’) alike. Quality alert for the pop-pickers and fans of Feist, Ashrae Fax, Chromatics, etc.