Following the release of their stunning fourth album Slow Air back in August, London’s Still Corners are set to tour the UK and Europe this Autumn.
Inspired by their travels across America, from Texas and Arizona to the beaches of California, Slow Air is a brooding taste of the dreamy atmospheres which Still Corners create so well.
Ahead of their UK tour next month, we talked to Tessa Murray to find out a bit more about Slow Air and the inspirations behind it.
Coming back with your fourth album ‘Slow Air’, do you feel that your sound is becoming more mature?
That’s a tricky word but I would say yes. We’ve become more relaxed and confident in who we are and what we’re trying to say and do and that’s been nice. It’s translated to the music I’m sure. We learn so much from each album and put everything into them so the hope is that they become better and better.
Writing the album in Texas must have been a contrast to writing your last album ‘Dead Blue’ by the English seaside. Was it inspiring to be in completely new surroundings?
It’s such a change it’s quite a shock to the system which is perfect for songwriting. Environment really makes you feel different of course, all the fundamentals have been altered – the air is different, the smell is different, the sky looks different, people, buildings, cafés, tastes, all these primal things are operating on you and if you open up to them you can translate it all to music.
Are there any artists/musicians that inspired you whilst writing the album?
Not anyone in particular but we did return to listening to more classic albums, things like Paul Simon’s Graceland, Elvis, the Everly Brothers, Dire Straits, Kate Bush, David Bowie, things like this as opposed to contemporary artists and that probably filtered down to it all.
You said that ‘Slow Air’ was written faster than any of your other albums, as you ‘kept things fresh and didn’t overthink things’. Was this a conscious choice to give the album a more natural feel?
Yes definitely. We had certainly become tired of ourselves, it was boring thinking about it all so much, labouring over everything. We just said forget it, let’s just do everything we want, move quick, don’t get in the way of it. We followed it through to the end and that was Slow Air.
Why was Black Lagoon chosen as the lead single?
It had a beat you can dance to.
You’re heading out on tour over December, where has been your favourite place to play and what city are you looking forward to performing your new songs in?
Finally making it to Newcastle so we’re excited for that! We had a great time in San Francisco, beautiful city that. We’re very much looking forward to returning to Europe, it’s been too long.
You’re currently playing across North America. How do the crowds differ there from Europe/UK?
It’s amazing how much crowds differ even within cities within the US. Some cities are rowdy and raucous, but others are really attentive and are quietly into the show. It’s been a while since we played in Europe or the UK so it will be good to compare the differences this time around.
What are you goals for 2019? Are there any places you haven’t played that you would like to visit next year?
We’re currently discussing a tour of Asia which has been long on the list, Tokyo,
China, etc. That’s our 2019 goal!
Finally, besides your own album, do you have any recommendations that you really want people to listen to?
Nils Frahm All Melody and The Congos – Heart of the Congos.