Still Corners: Dead Blue

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This synth pop album from songwriter Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray is a pleasant listen. It’s undemanding electronic pop with an eighties synth feel but mid-way through its fifth or sixth play we realised that its existence was making us feel happy, never a bad thing. This is possibly because it taps into old tunes that bring back memories but Murray’s vocals are unobtrusive and sweet, while Hughes knocks off pleasant melodies at will.

Opener Lost Blues opens (and remains) sounding like Bronski Beat’s Smalltown Boy, while Currents could be a pop/synth hit from the mid-80s (a slower take on Calling All The Heroes, perhaps). Crooked Fingers is an early standout and the one that drew us into the album.

Bad Country is a good track to listen to, as it epitomises the worst and best about Still Corners; a forgettable track with a ham-fisted fade-out but still curiously appealing. Overall: enjoyable if undemanding, and could be an album you play a lot. Try Bad Country or Crooked Fingers.

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Weekly newspaper editor in Cheshire, England. I blog my editorials and the CDs I write about. I play drums, drink coffee, play music, meditate. I hate filling in forms.

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