Release Date: Jan 22, 2021
Record label: Wrecking Light
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
More than a decade after they formed, Still Corners and their music remain in constant motion. Over the years, Greg Hughes and Tessa Murray have relocated from London to the English seaside to Texas' Hill Country, and their sound has shifted with every move. On The Last Exit, however, there's a slightly shorter distance between where they've been and where they are.
In opening 'The Last Exit', its title track brings to a close a thematically-linked trilogy of road songs that span the last three Still Corners albums. All three represent their respective records in microcosm; 'The Trip', like so much of 2013's 'Strange Pleasures', had guitar and synth working handsomely in airy tandem, while 'The Message' was an altogether woozier affair, with slide guitar worked in and Tessa Murray's vocals suddenly smokier - both hallmarks of the duo's last album, 'Slow Air'. If 'The Last Exit' were a road movie, it'd be Paris, Texas; this is at once both Still Corners' quietest album and their most thickly atmospheric, too.
America probably means quite different things to the two members of Still Corners. For multi-instrumentalist and producer Greg Hughes it's home. He was born there, growing up in Arizona and Texas. Yet the duo's latest album paints a romantic picture of the States that feels far more inspired by English singer Tessa Murray's cinematic imagination.