December Skyline is a band that broke up and then reformed years later. They released a four- song EP entitled Apricity. The EP is a DIY effort that’s a little shy of a professional studio sound. That being said it sounds better than most DIY recordings to my ears.
The band has a pretty unique sound. They are elements of punk, alternative and rock but I thought they kept it blurry in a good way. The band opens with “Effects of the Common Cold” which got my attention. The verse sounded a bit like Les Savy Fav, the chorus is catchy and I enjoyed the vocal delivery.
The vocalist sings, “All the lies are frosting up the windows / So take a look outside / You shake your head in disgust, 'cause it was never enough /T he lights dim down in your eyes.” Overall, it’s a really solid song, It doesn't drag and it felt fluid.
Up next is “Every Yard is a Grave Yard When You're Dead Inside” which seemed to veer a little more towards pop punk. On that note it also reminded me of the punk band Pretty Girls Make Graves.
“...But it's Probably a Train” is another solid rocker. The dissolving white noise that bubbles with bass notes is a winning combination. “al Coda” is the song that sounds very different from the other three. The production was really good on this song but it also revolves around acoustic guitar and felt a little more poppy and less punk influenced. “al Coda” and “Effects of the Common Cold” were the highlights to my ears.
December Skyline is a solid band. They play well together and can write a song. The EP is far from perfect but does display some inventive moments. I hope the band stays together and builds on the momentum they have with this EP.
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