It’s hard not to make comparisons when listening to The Horrors’ sophomore release, Primary Colours. These U.K. darlings have long been known for wearing their influences on their sleeves and a newfound interest in sonic evolution does little to change this fact; it merely hints boldly at matured influences.
My Bloody Valentine's Loveless may be the most noticeable touch-point here, taking the place of The Horrors’ earlier garage punk leanings, as is the work of Krautrock founding fathers Neu!. Possibly the greatest influence present, though, comes from primary producer Geoff Barrow of Portishead, whose fingerprints are visible across the board.
Although derivative almost to the point of redundancy, The Horrors have never professed to be anything deeper than a throwback act, and one must concede that fact to enjoy Primary Colours. It’s far from terrible, and worth listening to, if only to remind you of the albums you once loved that have slipped from memory.