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Skyes – “Quarks”

21 Jan


Things the new Skyes song “Quarks” could be about.

1) Elementary particles that are a fundamental constituent of matter.
2) A dairy product.
3) Desktop publishing software.
4) Tour operator offering adventure cruises to the North Pole, Arctic and Antarctic on board ice-breakers and ice strengthened vessels.
5) A Ferengi and/or his bar.
6) A TV show about an outer space garbage collector.

We like to think that it is about either of the last two on that list and with its kind of spacey feel, we reckon we could be right.

As it progresses and culminates there is a real driving, forward momentum quality to “Quarks” that could easily be described as like searing through a sonic wormhole. Before that we begin with a comparatively sedate popping of electronics, a kind of gaseous and organic popping that conjures up images of a casual fly by great galaxial nebulas before light speed is reached and time, colours and space all blur into one. The guitars really ramp up the feeling of excitement and energy as the big, 80’s-esque chorus spirals and reaches for the stars and the vocals call out enthusiastically.

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Skyes – “A Girl Named Jake”

4 Mar


Since posting their debut track online last week, Brooklyn based Skyes have already gathered plaudits-a-plenty and stirred up a fair bit of excitement with their distinctly a la mode synth sound and soft female vocals. Where they differ though is in the back story, we’re not sure too many bands have started when the personal relationship between two members ended but hey, whatever works right?

For vocalist DA Knightly and guitarist Dan, it is indeed working and with the duo expanded to a four-piece, they are set for much more love and excited wailing and waving of arms in the coming months with a self-titled EP in the works. Should megastardom beckon, they could even end up cited in hundreds of musical couple’s divorce papers as ‘inspiration’. But we digress…

Debut offering “A Girl Named Jake” expertly walks that fine line that straddles the world of chic new sounds and chart friendly mainstreamica. With its pulsating beat and slightly sinister synth sounds, it’s got a dangerous edge to it, like taking a short cut through the park at night. Shadows in the drums conceal powerful growling guitars, but that just a sleight of hand, for as the track builds it is the alluring vocals that are waiting to strike. Passionate and viper like they take you captive, your heart pounding and adrenaline whooshing through your body as DA sings you to your oh so infectious doom.

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