Skying

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Skying
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Studio album by The Horrors
Released 11 July 2011
Recorded 2011
Studio Offerclass Ltd., London; Miloco Garden, Shoreditch, London, England
Genre
Length 54:36
Language English
Label XL
Producer
  • The Horrors
  • Craig Silvey
The Horrors chronology
Primary Colours
(2009)
Skying
(2011)
Higher
(2012)
Singles from Skying
  1. "Still Life"
    Released: 11 July 2011
  2. "I Can See Through You"
    Released: 3 October 2011
  3. "Changing the Rain"
    Released: 12 March 2012

Skying is the third studio album by British band the Horrors. The album was released on 11 July 2011 in the UK and on 9 August 2011[1] in the US on XL recordings.

Background and recording[edit]

Recorded by the band in their self-built London studio, it is the first album the band produced themselves. Two months prior to its release, the song "Still Life" was premiered on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show where it was played in its entirety and named as his "Hottest Record in the World".[2] This was the first track to be released from the album and the first indicator to fans of the direction the album would take.

Style[edit]

The album's sound was noted as including elements of post-punk revival,[3] neo-psychedelia[4] and shoegazing.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 83/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[6]
The A.V. Club B+[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
The Independent 4/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[10]
Mojo 4/5 stars[11]
NME 8/10[12]
Pitchfork 7.5/10[13]
Q 4/5 stars[14]
Spin 7/10[15]

Skying received considerable attention from the music press before its release, following the overwhelming positive response to Primary Colours. Numerous music publications confirmed it would be their album of the month in upcoming issues including Mojo and Q. The single "Still Life" gained far more media exposure and mainstream radio airplay than previous releases, reaching the Radio 1 A list.

Reviewing the album for BBC Music, Mike Diver wrote, "There's no fault to be found with Skying – truly, every song here hits its mark... From the most incongruous of beginnings, The Horrors have become national treasures in waiting, and now possess the ability to realise any ambitions". Likewise, Clash ran the review as a lead album feature, with writer Joe Zadeh declaring the Horrors as "an intellectually collective five-piece, fully immersed in the confidence of their own astonishing abilities".

Hot Press said: "This is fundamentally a psych-rock record...From the cover – an ethereal sea/sky combo with lens flare at the periphery – to the vague, fuzzy song titles..., Skying is a very tripped-out kind of album, with echoes of the early '90s shoegaze brigade... However, the Horrors have the happy knack of always putting their own distinctive twist on familiar reference points".[16]

Phoenix New Times said, "Skying finds the Horrors comfortable in the post-punk, touches-of-shoegaze groove that Colours established.

Mojo placed the album at No. 2 on its list of "Top 50 albums of 2011"[17] while Uncut placed the album at No. 6.[18] Q placed it at 11. Skying won the Best Album prize at the 2012 NME Awards.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Changing the Rain"   4:36
2. "You Said"   4:51
3. "I Can See Through You"   4:22
4. "Endless Blue"   5:15
5. "Dive In"   4:56
6. "Still Life"   5:26
7. "Wild Eyed"   4:09
8. "Moving Further Away"   8:39
9. "Monica Gems"   4:33
10. "Oceans Burning"   7:54

Personnel[edit]

The Horrors
  • Faris Badwan – vocals
  • Joshua Third – guitar
  • Tom Furse – keyboards
  • Rhys Webb – bass guitar, keyboards
  • Joe Spurgeon – drums
Additional personnel
  • Derek Watkins, John Barclay, Mark Nightingale, Martin Owen, Richard Edwards, Richard Watkins – horns (tracks 4 and 6)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Scottish Albums Chart[19] 7
UK Albums Chart[20] 5
U.S. Billboard 200 97
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 18
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 11
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 12
U.S. Billboard Tastemaker Albums 3

Certification[edit]

Country Certification
United Kingdom (BPI) Silver[21]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Distributing label Format Catalog
Australia[22] 8 July 2011 XL 2LP, CD, digital download 2LP: XLLP539
CD: XLCD539
United Kingdom[23] 11 July 2011
United States[24] 9 August 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neyland, Nick (7 July 2011). "The Horrors: "Still Life" | Tracks". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  2. ^ "New Album - 'Skying'". The Horrors. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  3. ^ KCRW Music Host Mario Cotto (31 July 2011). "First Listen: The Horrors, 'Skying'". NPR. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  4. ^ Rich, Matt James (17 August 2011). "The Horrors – Skying". Playgroundmisnomer.com. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Reviews for Skying by The Horrors". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Skying – The Horrors". AllMusic. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  7. ^ O'Neal, Sean (9 August 2011). "The Horrors: Skying". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (10 July 2011). "The Horrors: Skying – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Gill, Andy (8 July 2011). "Album: The Horrors, Skying (XL)". The Independent. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  10. ^ Diehl, Matt (9 August 2011). "Album review: The Horrors 'Skying'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  11. ^ "The Horrors: Skying". Mojo (213): 90. August 2011. 
  12. ^ Brailey, Louise (28 June 2011). "Album Review: The Horrors – 'Skying'". NME. Retrieved 10 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Grandy, Eric (25 July 2011). "The Horrors: Skying". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  14. ^ "The Horrors: Skying". Q (301): 110. August 2011. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Stacey (26 July 2011). "The Horrors, 'Skying' (XL)". Spin. Archived from the original on 11 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2016. 
  16. ^ Nolan, Paul (29 July 2011). "Skying". Hot Press. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011. 
  18. ^ "Uncut's Top 50 Albums Of 2011". Stereogum. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  19. ^ "Scottish Albums Top 40 - 17th December 2011". Official Charts. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  20. ^ "Official UK Albums Top 100 - 17th December 2011 | The UK Charts | Top 40 | Official Charts Company". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  21. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx
  22. ^ "Skying | Music , Music Genres, Alternative : JB HI-FI". Jbhifionline.com.au. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  23. ^ "Welcome to Rough Trade Shops". Roughtrade.com. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - Skying (Bonus Track Version) by The Horrors". Itunes.apple.com. 9 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 

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