Review: Still Corners - 'Slow Air'
Slow Air is the eclectic new album by Still Corners, produced and written at a makeshift studio nestled in the picturesque maritime town of Deal, in Kent. This is the same backdrop where successful predecessor Dead Blue was created.
Posted: 21 August 2018 Words: Caroline Polledri-Jones
Still Corners unveil a breezy, intricate and beautiful fourth studio album Slow Air.Slow Air is the eclectic new album by Still Corners, produced and written at a makeshift studio nestled in the picturesque maritime town of Deal, in Kent. This is the same backdrop where successful predecessor Dead Blue was created and you can understand why the same inspirational hub if this is what allowed the duo to create the quality of both albums. In some parts of Slow Air, you can practically hear the influence of the vast blue ocean taking an almost utopian form reflected in their music, it’s quite magical. Tessa Murray provides the evocative breezy vocals that ripple through each track, beautifully complemented by the intricate music production and skill of Greg Hughes. Slow Air is once again proof that these two are the perfect musical pairing. On each song, there is a healthy selection of instrumentals and unique musical effects all necessary to create their famous ambience. That said it’s not overproduced or too frilly, and there is still enough synth to vortex you into a different world and provide the substance. Interestingly throughout the album, there is also a slight undertone of country and folk, especially with 'Sad Movies' and 'The Message', the latter’s intro not dissimilar to Chris Isaak’s 'Wicked Game'. Of course, Tessa’s voice steers this track (and all of them in fact) in their own right but the whole album definitely feels more folk-influenced than Dead Blue. Track 'Welcome to Slow Air' is a highlight and the first song that is predominantly instrumental, which is part of its charm and it exhibits the imaginative music production of Hughes. It has you picturing the glow of an orange sunset over festival fields, skilful yet epic. The pace is picked up by tracks 'Black Lagoon', and 'Dreamland' consisting of weighty drum beats and rock guitar solos softened by Tessa’s luminous vocals. You can dance to 'Black Lagoon' and it’s a perfectly placed switch up, raising the tempo when you need it most. Over half way through and this album takes another form with 'Whispers' and 'Fade Out', still keeping the composure but with more synth arrangements and tones. 'Track The Photograph', provides the romance and is one of the standouts with Tessa’s vocals raw and pure, the song provokes a mental symphonic story. The musical adventure that is Slow Air, is one you’ll want to experience. A lot less synth overall, especially in the first half but that doesn’t matter. Their collaborations make for an introspective alternative listen that Still Corners are famous and loved for. Great album.
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