On Monday night, BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe played the world premier of The Horror’s new song ‘I See You.’
And it was magnificent.
The song clocks in at seven and a half minutes – a ballsy move for any musician in this age of the quick and easy. It would take The Horrors to pull something like this off, especially on Lowe’s easily-consumed show. Their next album, Luminous, promises to be something very risky indeed, but this is a risk that could pay off in the best of ways.
They promised a synth-heavy album and from the sound of the first song, that’s what it will be. But don’t worry, this isn’t synth in the sense of that filthy word, rather it’s a dreamy celebration of the instrument being used to it’s greatest advantage. The guitars are layed, texture pieces of magic.
It’s one part Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ and three parts intergalactic space vortex dream. This is a really triumphant return for the English boys who haven’t released an album since 2011’s gorgeous Skying. They’ve hit a few bumps along, strapping their album and missing their autumn 2013 release date. The news was a disappointment to awaiting fans, but if the Luminous ends up being more like ‘I See You,’ it looks like the wait was worth it.
Luminous is set to be released in the UK on May 5th.