DECAYCAST Reviews : SKY “Lullabies” CS (Pop Nihil, 2019)
Hauntingly lonely, booming caverns seem to be the backdrop for SKY’s “Lullabies” cassette EP on the refreshingly diverse Pop Nihil imprint. First off, the stark design caught my eye, and I enjoy the minimalist design theme that runs across of these releases, it really helps to gel them together in a special and unified way. The voice, synth, and drums all blend perfectly on this EP, creating a morose, and lush cloud for the uncertain change of the future to be birthed upon. Cavernous reverb on the drums, and strings (synths?) cast a hollow but intentioned place for the voice to dance upon into the night. Favorite track of the A side is “ILIKELIES” though, they all really present a focused and uniformed sound. Like the voice and rhythm section of early Cocteau Twins, mixed with the delicacy and nuance of contemporary avant -garde megastars like FKA Twigs nodding to the softer side of Witchhouse. SKY paints a blissful portrait of an unknown place where the next step is to be taken, the only thing that’s certain in uncertainty. The B side is a little more driving with a ear forward bass and drum rhythm that escalates the pacing and tension from the soft and intricate spells cast by the first side. Closer to tara Cross or a chopped and screwed TuxedoMoon the big percussion and thudding bass create a nice, angular tension for the voice and delicate droning synths to skate off lightly but boldly into the distance, a truly beautiful and nuanced listen.