During the course of their career, the British-American duo Still Corners' sound proved to be anything but static. Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray's earliest music, such as their 2011 debut album Creatures of an Hour, borrowed from the spacy experiments of '60s psych legends the United States of America. From there, they dabbled in the glamorous '80s synth pop of 2013's Strange Pleasures and moved even further afield on 2018's sultry, twangy Slow Air. Despite their changes from album to album, a commitment to dreamy atmospheres -- and Murray's delicate vocals -- united their music.
Still Corners formed shortly after Hughes, an American expatriate, met Murray by chance at a London train stop. Eventually, Still Corners became a quartet with the addition of members Leon Dufficy and Luke Jarvis, and released singles and EPs including 2008's Remember Pepper? and 2010's Don't Fall in Love. In 2011, they signed to Sub Pop, which released their full-length debut, Creatures of an Hour, that year; the album drew comparisons to Broadcast, Stereolab and the Paisley Underground scene. By the time of their second record, 2013's Strange Pleasures, Still Corners were down to the duo of Hughes and Murray, and had ditched the '60s influences in favor of a slicker, more '80s-inspired sound.
To record their third album, Murray and Hughes moved from London to the English seaside; inspired by the water's intense color, they named the set of songs Dead Blue. The album, which featured the Brian Wilson-inspired single "Lost Boys," was released on Still Corners' own Wrecking Light Records in September 2016. For 2018's Slow Air, the duo relocated to Austin, Texas' hill country, channeling the region's heat and evocative landscapes into a dreamy set of songs that they recorded in three months. ~ Gregory Heaney