“History of Love” – Still Corners
Swaying, reverb-laced, and nostalgic in a Julee Cruise/David Lynch sort of way, “History of Love” swirls with a big, chimey dreaminess enhanced by strings (both plucked and bowed) and a soaring organ that all but launches this one into some old-fashioned, Jetsons-like version of outer space.
So, dream pop, yes. But while indie bands aiming in this direction too frequently slide into a murky mush of echo–droning guitars and mixed-down vocals working together to diminish the sense that we are in fact listening to a song–the unsigned British duo Still Corners will have none of that. They get the idea that being atmospheric does not require muddiness. I like how they continually ground their reverberant vibe in concrete sonic reality, whether it’s those plucky strings, the nicely articulated bass, the cymbally drum work, or vocalist Olivia’s breathy, echoey, but distinctly colored singing. Note, too, the care and idiosyncrasy displayed by the song itself–in particular, how we get that crazy-swirly blast of dreamy yearning, without lyrics, in place of an actual chorus.
London-based Still Corners have so far released one evocatively designed six-song EP, entitled Remember Pepper?. That’s where you’ll find “History of Love.”
MP3 via Last.fm and the band.