Backing up their well-received debut single Seethe Unseen of earlier this year, Scottish quartet Stillhound are poised to release its successor Think This Way, revealing more of the depth to the band’s songwriting and sound at the same time. Whereas the first single wrapped its radiance in just as fascinating shadows, the new offering explores a brighter and lively climate, though again the band blends contrasting darker hues to great effect. It is fair to say that the band’s first release potently sparked attention; now its successor is here to dance with those satisfied ears and lure many more matching appetites.
Formed by school friends Fergus Cook, Laurie Corlett-Donald, and Dave Lloyd, and with a line-up completed by latest addition Cat Myers, Stillhound create soundscapes of dreamy and almost spatial electronic pop draped in atmospheric evocations. As shown by both their singles to date, Stillhound have a sound as inciting to the body and at times the dance-floor as immersive to ears and imagination. They are said to have holed up “various mountain lodges in their homeland taking inspiration from art, geography, and the far flung soundscapes created by Boards of Canada to the pop aesthetic of Tears for Fears,” to write their songs and you can feel that kind of scenery impacting on the singles, especially Think This Way with its eighties synth pop essences within an expansive almost stark radiance.
The new single makes a low key start but within seconds is a pulsating and provocative saunter littered with small but enticing electro hooks, moodier bass tones, and sparkling harmonies around endearing melancholy oozing vocals. It is when the song kicks up a livelier energy and attitude fuelled by a driving beat around its chorus, that the Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith inspiration shines, though it is only one rich hue in a tapestry of sound and magnetic ambiences entwining the reflective and invigorating vocals.
Busy and eventful, Think This Way lights the ears with ease, continuing the strong emergence of Stillhound with craft and virulent coaxing. It is early days and only two songs in but already we, as so many, have a taste for the band’s inviting aural travelogue. It is not a ravenous hunger yet, but in time it may be, especially if the band can build on this potent next step.
Think This Way is released on 3rd August and available as a free download @ https://soundcloud.com/mixmag-1/premiere-stillhound-think-this-way