“[Bands] lose sight of what’s really important. What’s really important is the music, and the …
If you missed the sensationalism of SKYND’s introduction in last year’s Chapter I, fear not.
They’ve made it quite easy to step into the bizarre workings of their collective mind in new release, Chapter II–here, you’re welcomed by vivid rhythms and pulsating electronica to enjoy someone else’s sublimely surreal dream. It’s a place where Donnie Darko meets true crime legends with weirdly suitable industrial-goth sonic waves. Oddly arousing, wonderfully unique.
As carefully as you were led down this rabbit hole, it’s suddenly over, and you’re outside the box realising, this whole, wonderful, gnarly package of personalities stems from the innards of SKYND.
Picture it. A dark void is penetrated by flashes of colour as Jim Jones throbs open. The eerie electronica conjures images of an odd and unlikely gathering where criminals meet a plethora of musicians. The elements of naughtiness and darkness created by an ethereal voice could be produced if 90s pop sensations Aqua were getting high with Marilyn Manson. Trent Reznor collaborates with The Chemical Brothers in all kinds of mischief across some riveting lyrics and sonic sauciness, Silentó rising to make a surprise appearance in Tyler Hadley.
There’s an odd sense of consolation in the emotive Katherine Knight, decorated with all the eclectic pop wonderment of early Lady Gaga. As carefully as you were led down this rabbit hole, it’s suddenly over, and you’re outside the box realising, this whole, wonderful, gnarly package of personalities stems from the innards of SKYND.
The twisted, tortured, psychedelic, innovative melodies provided by SKYND, the hosts of this adulterous party, mean the things you experience in this EP are given to you with permission, permission to explore the darker undertones of your inner self and as a result, you will emerge inspired.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Jim Jones, Tyler Hadley, Katherine Knight
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