You know, I just finished writing about a record with a throwback sound in this neighborhood cafe, and I found myself in the mood for another review, something a bit more lighthearted but nonetheless different.
I found that need satisfied with Skyways’ Rollercoaster EP. Some real hidden gems emerge in the depths of the Tuned Up email inbox (we receive over 500 pitches a week). Skyways’ sound is many different places yet cohesive, cinematic yet down to earth.
What strikes me about Skyways’ sound is how much it hit the spot for my frame of mind this evening. I wanted something that’s easy listening but fresh. This past week I’ve struggled with anxiety off and on—some of it self-induced by bad habits (we’ve all been there). This afternoon I took a long walk in my neighborhood, and it went a long way toward clearing my head. As I sat down to dinner, I was in the perfect frame of mind for some calming music and ready to review. Writing about music is often both relaxing and purposeful for me, especially when I’m writing just for myself and not on a deadline.
Relaxing and purposeful describes the sound of Skyways as well. The music seems to bubble as you listen, at times leaning toward being glitchy and at other times being more of a smooth warble—as odd as that wording might sound. While this isn’t what I would consider to be New Age music, the general vibe fits what someone might put on a spa playlist. I would say the same thing about Aaliyah’s “Rock the Boat” (wow, that was a long time ago!).
Another thing I appreciate about this short EP is the way the two lead vocalists seem to complement each other. Having something as distinct as different vocalists front the mix on the same project is bold. But this EP remains cohesive.
I’ll be adding these tracks to a relaxation playlist soon.