Dream Talk is the sixth album from Still Corners and will be released on 5th April 2024. Beautifully arranged, elegant and wistful, Dream Talks is a set of ten carefully crafted classic songs. From the autumnal opener "Today is the Day" to the hot summer night finale of "Turquoise Moon", Still Corners have created a sound that is focused, stylish and seductive.
Tessa Murray says, "The genesis for a lot of these songs came from dreams. Every night I would write down the dreams I could remember. While recording I would pull out my book of dreams and sing over various looped phrases Greg had been working on, the repetitive nature of the looping and singing almost felt like going into a trance. A lot of the songs came from that process, it was fun and what I thought were sort of ramblings ended up surprising us with their various meanings and imagery."
First single, Secret World, is about obsession. Murray writes “Sometimes the thought of someone, wanting to know them, get into their world is dangerous. The real person doesn’t matter anymore, just the fantasy of them, which is totally wrong but feels right."
Commenting on the official video for Secret World, Tessa Murray said ""And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles". That was our initial inspiration behind the video for Secret World, taken from The Secret Garden novel. In the video I'm pulled into another world by the Plant Lady and try to escape but ultimately end up stuck there and I'm not entirely sure that's a bad thing."
"Are you sure that we are awake? It seems to me that yet we sleep, we dream." This quote from Shakespeare is the central theme for Still Corners new sonic masterpiece "The Dream", the latest single from their upcoming 6th Album "Dream Talk". Shakers and a lone rhythm guitar drop into a fast paced beat of bass and drums, gradually revealing the melodic voice of Tessa Murray on a train travelling at speed through a desert at night - "We are on a night train, heading to the east end". Shifting synths combine with a climatic build of congas gradually revealing a beautiful and epic tale of a "dream within a dream". The song finishes off with a crystalline guitar solo from her partner in crime Greg Hughes. This is Still Corners at their most seductive and romantic.
The video is based on the duo's deep love of mystery novels and cosy crime fiction. Tessa Murray plays a new character called "Penelope Braithwaite" as she investigates the "Mystery of the Repeating Dream". Folks from the fictitious town of "Reverwood, Sussex" have been falling into a repeating dream trap, when they wake up they realise they are in fact in the same dream. Penelope arrives at a mysterious house to investigate. Does she solve the mystery or is she too stuck in a looping dream?
Crystal Blue, the third single from Dream Talk, is a torch song about two lovers separated by the sea, dreaming of reuniting one day. Hours go by, day and night, the breeze touches their skin, the waves become their only friends as they wait to meet again under the same moon. A soft drum beat, congas and a solitary marimba patter away as Tessa Murray asks, "Do fishes sleep, in the ocean blue? Do you dream of me like I dream of you?". A crystal clear guitar solo whisks the listener to the far side of the world as the couple head off to a place they've never heard of just to see each other again.