Today, Still Corners announces the duo’s fifth studio album, The Last Exit, for release on Jan. 22, 2021, via Wrecking Light Records. Alongside this news, the band shares the beguiling and wanderlust title track and its stark, captivating video.
As a single, “The Last Exit” is the final chapter of the Still Corners’ Road Trilogy. What began with “The Trip” and was followed by “The Message” concludes with the stunning “The Last Exit.” The video, inspired by the 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, finds vocalist Tessa Murray pulled into the mysterious rocks of Joshua Tree.
Tessa said, “In a world where everyone thinks all the corners of the map are filled in we like to suggest there’s something beyond that, something eternal in the landscape and in our psyche. Maybe you don’t see it every day but it’s there and that’s what we are trying to connect to.”
With the shimmering desert noir sound the band has become known for, The Last Exit takes you on a hypnotic journey, one filled with dilapidated towns, mysterious shapes on the horizon, and long trips that blur the line between what’s there and not there. Multi-instrumentalist Greg Hughes said, “We found something out there in the desert — something in the vast landscapes that went on forever.”
Watch the official music video for “The Last Exit” by Still Corners on YouTube:
The Last Exit consists of 11 beautifully crafted songs with organic instrumentation, clean-toned guitar, spacious drums and Tessa’s smoky croon. Album highlights include “The Last Exit,” “White Sands,” and “Shifting Dunes” — all of which evoke the vast space of the desert and rolling unconcerned skies.
The album was brought further into focus by the pandemic when almost everything was forced to stop. Tessa said, “There’s always something at the end of the road and for us it was this album. Our plans were put on hold — an album set for release, tours, video shoots, travel. We’d been touring nonstop for years, but we were forced to pause everything. We thought the album was finished but with the crisis found new inspiration and started writing again.”
It was in this context that songs like “Crying,” “Static,” and “Till We Meet Again” were written, reflecting on the impact of isolation and the need for social contact and intimacy.