Sky Remedy is Allan Kalich (guitars/bass/synths/drums) and Jared Morris (vocals). The duo released All My Life which is an eleven-song album. They play pop/rock that has been pretty popular for about the last five to ten years in different forms. At their best they have similarities to bands like Coldplay and Explosions in the Sky. Unlike Explosions in the Sky that don’t have many shades of emotional ambiguity to their music. They mostly play into a very uplifting, inspiring and hopeful sound that can quickly feel saccharine if overexposed.
They open with “The Middle Rope” which I felt was the best song on the album. The song while very catchy avoided some of the tropes that the others songs can’t seem to avoid. I think a large part of it was the prominent percussion that played next to the shimmering guitars. The tinge of melancholy on the vocals was the cherry on top.
The band goes into more commercially familiar territory with “For The Moment.” They are riding a line of a straightforward pop band and something that has a little more cred with the fringe. I was reminded of the band The Doves that is a great band in my opinion.
For the next couple of songs the band embraces grand crescendos that sound like they could be rolling at the end credits for a coming of age film. The band seems to be chasing the same feeling on songs like “Tonight,” “All My Life and “Bittersweet” which all ride a similar wavelength. “How Long Have I Waited” is a solid tune that I thought was going to stay a little more grounded but the band can't help themselves by the end of the song.
They are more subdued on “I'll Never Let You Down” which was a nice change to the energy. I mentioned Explosions in the Sky earlier. On the earlier albums while pretty incredible the band didn't have as many layers of emotion compared to their latest album The Wilderness. If there is one thing I would like Sky Remedy to do in the future it's to explore more complex emotional terrain. They do a couple of things really well but I felt like I was more or less riding the same optimistic, hopeful, a little too perfect feeling throughout the album. I wanted some tension and release, a little bit of dissonance at times and a sense of unfamiliarity.
The band also does a lot of things right that makes the album work. It’s very cohesiveness from top to bottom and never drags. It’s an extremely smooth ride thanks to solid production and impressive songwriting.
Overall, I found this to be a solid album that is certainly enjoyable and worth your time to check out.
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